The office of Republican Sen. Tom Cotton (AR), known for sending cease-and-desist letters to constituents who make repeated phone calls to his office, has reportedly called the police on a voter for saying the word “bullsh*t” during a phone call.
According to Talking Points Memo, one Arkansas resident was given a cease-and-desist order by Cotton’s office simply because he said the word “bullsh*t” during a phone call.
Little Rock resident Don Ernst told TPM that he regularly called Cotton’s office last year to ask about his policy positions on the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and on solving the opioid crisis.
Ernst, whose son is battling opioid addiction, grew frustrated when staffers repeatedly failed to answer his questions, leading him at one point to tell the staffers that it was “bullsh*t” that they could not give him the information he wanted.
“It’s excruciating not to get an answer to questions that impact people you care about and you love,” he explained.
After he said the word “bullsh*t” on a phone call, the staffer he was talking with abruptly hung up on him. When he called a different number to talk with a different Cotton staffer, he was informed that he had been sent a cease-and-desist letter and that all further attempts to contact the office would be deemed “harassment.”
Cotton’s office then contacted Capitol Hill Police, who confirmed to the constituent their decision to send a cease-and-desist letter, TPM reports.