Sen. Tom Cotton says the Justice Department’s plan to stop using traditional terms for criminals like "felon" and "convict" because they are "disparaging" is "a crime against the English language."
In a Washington Post
column, Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason said less "disparaging labels" will now be assigned to those who have broken the law.
But Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, is incredulous.
"I’m not joking. This is the Obama administration’s new term for criminals … ‘justice-involved individuals,"’ Cotton recent told a small gathering at the Hudson Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C., The Daily Caller
"That alone is a crime against the English language. But it’s much worse. It reflects the dangerous mindset that criminals are victims, that the justice system somehow happened to them. They didn’t commit a crime. They became involved in the justice system."
"Let me say it again: Criminals are not victims. Criminals are criminals. Victims are victims."
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