Representative Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) can add another quote to his long list of shocking comments from the past few months.
As with many other states, the people of Tennessee will be choosing a new Senator. The candidates are Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Democrat Phil Bredesen.
Rep. Cohen joined Bredesen at a prayer breakfast, where he not only called President Donald Trump “the big orange president,” but also joked that Blackburn should jump off a bridge.
“The big orange president. He’s going to come down here and he’s going to endorse Marsha Blackburn, because Marsha Blackburn, if he says ‘Jump off the Harahan bridge,’ she’ll jump off the Harahan bridge,” said Cohen, adding, “I wish he’d say that.”
This is not the first time Cohen has joked about violence against conservatives. In July, the congressman seemed to call for a coup against Trump.
Where are our military folks ? The Commander in Chief is in the hands of our enemy! https://t.co/3eF7OLKEdN
— Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) July 16, 2018
Cohen denied that he called for a United States military coup, given that calling for a coup is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Cohen also called for the now-fired FBI agent, Peter Strzok, to be awarded the Purple Heart, an award reserved for soldiers wounded in battle. Strzok was terminated from his position at the FBI after sending anti-Trump text messages.
Cohen attempted to take back his comments of Blackburn with a non-apology, saying, “It was obviously humor. I wish her no harm. I hope she doesn’t get the Senate and I wish she wasn’t a lackey for Trump, but I don’t wish her any harm.”
Blackburn responded to Cohen’s statement in an interview with Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt.
I thought, ‘Surely he really didn’t say this and surely there was not laughter.’ And, you’d expect that with Phil Bredesen, my opponent, being in the audience, that he would have said, ‘We don’t say things like that. We don’t wish someone’s demise or death.’ But, Ainsley, I’ll tell you, I believe in what Matthew 5 commands us, and that we pray for our enemies. And that is something I do every day.
According to the Congressional Sergeant at Arms, the number of threats against elected officials continues to climb, with more than 1,600 threats issued so far this year.
Blackburn said she doesn’t know why there is so much “vitriol” in the country, but added, “What we need to realize is that our nation and the cause of freedom has been well served by a robust, respectful two-party debate.”
According to recent polls, Blackburn is up four points over Bredesen to become the next senator of Tennessee.