October 6, 2022

A prominent Republican senator just started sending cease-and-desist letters to constituents

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As the Republican Party has turned further and further from even pretending to represent their voters’ interests and devoting themselves wholly to their puppetmasters in the plutocracy, their efforts to dismiss and ignore the constituents they ostensibly represent grow more shameless by the day.


Republicans en masse have refused to hold town hall meetings, called the police on protestors, and even literally run with their tails between their legs to avoid talking to their angry voters.

But Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) has taken avoidance to a whole new level. According to some voters who got in touch with the Ozark Indivisible activist group, his office has begun issuing “cease-and-desist” letters to voters trying to get in contact with him and asking him to listen to them and not to the lobbyists on K-Street.

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The Arkansas Times has reached out to Cotton’s office and has not received any comment on his attempts to “block” his voters from reaching him with their opposition to his behavior.

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Billy Fleming, a contributor at the Arkansas Times, revealed that this message was sent to the newspaper from the recipient of the letter:

I received a letter from the office of U.S. Senator Tom Cotton from Arkansas after calling and expressing my grave concerns over his actions and support of this administration’s agenda concerning a wide variety of subjects from the attack on our healthcare, DACA and immigration issues, to national security, to the rise of white nationalist fascism, to the environment, the gutting of our State Department, the attack on the free press…and similar deeply troubling actions & motives I’ve seen Senator Cotton support & condone. It was odd to receive this letter as I’ve called other Members of Congress to express my strong thoughts and opinions about their actions and thought this to be not only my duty as an American citizen but my First Amendment right granted all U.S. citizens by our U.S. Constitution, the foundation of our Democracy.

I believe if Tom Cotton’s office were to respond as to why they sent this letter, I think they just honestly don’t want to listen to any citizen’s opposing view or hear the numerous grave concerns U.S. citizens have about the serious & ongoing attack on our Democracy and past election cycle in which a foreign, hostile Russian government interfered, they don’t want U.S. citizens to call and speak their mind and truth in a very direct manner and they obviously don’t want to be held accountable for their words and actions while serving all the people in this nation. I may have used unprofessional and unbecoming language at times as the anxiety and stress of what I’m witnessing is at times too great a burden to control and I have vehemently expressed my righteous anger at Senator Cotton’s complicitness with this harmful regime.

Nothing demonstrates more clearly that the Republican Party has entirely discarded the American people than by calling on the instruments of state-sanctioned violence to defend themselves from the consequences of their plutocratic agenda and their callous disregard for the well-being of the common people.

h/t to Max Brantley @ the Arkansas Times

Colin Taylor

Managing Editor

Colin Taylor is the managing editor of the Washington Press. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice, equality, and universal health care in America.

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