U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, fully embracing the mendacious politics of President Trump, tries to frame Sen. Kamala Harris’ call for the end of the death penalty as support for a white supremacist who killed a family in Arkansas who is the first federal inmate scheduled to be executed in 16 years. Opposing the death penalty on moral grounds or because it’s disproportionally carried out against poor people and minorities or for any other reason is far from coming to the defense of a murderer. Harris isn’t calling for his release.

Cotton tweeted several other similar messages in response to prominent Democrats — Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley — calling for an end to the death penalty.