Sen. Tom Cotton compared "anarchist and insurrectionist" protests in Portland to the early days of the Civil War when successionists attacked Union troops in Fort Sumter during an appearance on this morning's "Fox & Friends."
COTTON: The federal government cannot allow anarchists and insurrectionists to destroy federal courthouses, federal buildings, or other federal property.
These insurrectionists in the streets of Portland are a little different from the insurrectionists who seceded from the Union in 1861 in South Carolina and tried to take over Fort Sumter.
And just like President Lincoln wouldn't stand for that, the federal government today cannot stand for the vandalism, the firebombing, or any attacks on federal property. It is right to send federal law enforcement in to defend federal property and federal facilities.