U.S. Tom Cotton, usually prolific on his two Twitter accounts, has been silent in the wake of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. The same goes for U.S. Sen. John Boozman and Reps. French Hill, Bruce Westerman and Rick Crawford.
Cotton, who’s made Trumpian demagoguery around immigration one of his core political messages, has been silent since early Saturday afternoon when he was trolling various prominent Democrats.
U.S. Rep. Steve Womack tweeted about the “hope” in El Paso.
Heartbreaking news out of El Paso today. There is no justification for senseless & hate-filled acts of violence. Even in this dark time there is hope, with so many in the community coming together. God bless the victims & their families, law enforcement, and the people of Texas. https://t.co/BUkTjRXPED
— Rep. Steve Womack (@rep_stevewomack) August 4, 2019
Governor Hutchinson at least acknowledged the resurgence of white supremacy in the U.S., but that’s a pretty low bar to clear.
As a federal prosecutor I saw the evil of white supremacy. Its influence diminished but now we see a resurgence. In El Paso, there are two stories: the evil of the shooter & the love & help of the city. America must embrace El Paso’s compassion & collectively rebuke this evil.
— Gov. Asa Hutchinson (@AsaHutchinson) August 4, 2019
Meanwhile, here’s how Fox News covered the El Paso massacre (click the tweet to see the full thread).
Af El Paso mass shooting, Fox News anchor tries to link video games to mass shootings. pic.twitter.com/hdkjwbgbU1
— John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) August 3, 2019
UPDATE: Westerman offered this on Monday:
The hatred and evil in human hearts that drives people to terrorism and murder is incomprehensible. As we join together in mourning and support of those in El Paso and Dayton, we must fight evil and seek good for a better future knowing that darkness will not overcome the light.
— Rep. Bruce Westerman (@RepWesterman) August 5, 2019
And Crawford agrees with Trump:
I join the President and countless others across our country in condemnation of the hate that has infected so many in the form of White Nationalism and other, destructive beliefs that have no place in our country. The President has enumerated…
— Rep Rick Crawford (@RepRickCrawford) August 5, 2019