By Duncan Smith

Sen. Tom Cotton, a Harvard-educated lawyer and former U.S. Army officer with multiple combat tours, fact-checked critics of President Donald Trump’s threat to deploy active-duty military if needed to quell riots that are continuing throughout the country in the wake of the George Floyd death in Minneapolis.

In a Twitter thread, the Arkansas Republican laid out a brief history of the times American presidents have deployed active-duty forces to restore order in situations where widespread lawlessness is occurring.

“To those who claim the military has no role in stopping anarchists and other criminals from tearing apart our cities: read a book. The military has intervened to maintain public order since the Whiskey Rebellion. Here are a few recent examples,” he began.

“In 1957, President Eisenhower ordered soldiers to enforce integration of Little Rock schools against a racist mob. This was a dark episode in my state's history, but Ike was right: ‘Mob rule cannot be allowed to override the decisions of the courts,'” Cotton wrote.

“In 1967, President Johnson ordered the 82nd and 101st Airborne to stop deadly race riots in Detroit. LBJ: ‘We will not tolerate lawlessness… This Nation will do whatever it is necessary to do to suppress and to punish those who engage in it,'” he continued.

“The next year, 13,000 troops were called to protect Washington, D.C. from riots that erupted after the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. The city didn't recover for decades, but federal troops staunched the bleeding,” the Arkansas Republican went on.

“In 1992, President George H.W. Bush ordered the Army's 7th Infantry and 1,500 Marines to quell the Rodney King riots burning down LA. Bush 41 knew that King had been unjustly treated—’what I saw made me sick’—but he knew deadly riots would only multiply the victims,” Cotton wrote.

“The carnage caused by domestic terrorists and other criminals threatens all law-abiding citizens, including peaceful protestors. We must do everything possible within the law to restore peace in the streets—that mission can and should include our troops,” Cotton concluded.

Trump has angered blue state governors and Democrat mayors by threatening to call in federal troops if local and state leaders were unable to quell rioting and curb violence. And no one should doubt that’s exactly what he’ll do if the riots continue, especially after Monday, when five police officers were shot or killed in a single night — even as scores of others have been injured battling ‘peaceful protesters.’

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