TN congressman denounces rhetoric after Scalise shooting, despite his own history

TN congressman denounces rhetoric after Scalise shooting, despite his own history

On Thursday U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, released a statement about Wednesday’s shooting of Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others in Alexandria, Va.

In it, Cohen said “there’s been too much violence, too much hate, and too much anger.”

“I’ve feared violence directed at a Member of Congress ever since Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot at an event in 2011,” Cohen said in his statement about Scalise.

Cohen is no stranger to inflammatory rhetoric.

As Tennessee Watchdog reported, Cohen has, among other things:

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, and then U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius promoted Obamacare at a 2013 press conference in Memphis (photo by Chris Butler)

• Compared tea partyers to arsonists.

• Compared Republicans to hostage takers during the 2013 government shutdown, leading supporters to his official Facebook page to place conservatives in league with the 1963 Birmingham church bombers.

• Griped that the U.S. Senate can’t pass more gun-control legislation because too many Republicans value guns as much as they do Bibles.

• Compared Republicans to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels for opposing Obamacare.

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• Stated that the Ebola virus would mutate into a Biblical-style plague that would devastate Tennessee— unless state Republicans in the state’s General Assembly complied fully with Obamacare and expanded Medicaid.

• Seemingly lost his temper at a news conference in Memphis when Tennessee Watchdog asked former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius what she would say to people whose health insurance costs doubled or tripled due to Obamacare.

• Said in a newsletter this year that President Donald Trump’s budget for fiscal 2018 “will thrust America into social and cultural deterioration, a new Dark Ages.”

As of Thursday morning, CNN reported that Scalise was still in critical condition after suffering damage to his internal organs.

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  • Harry

    He has been a political bigot for years. Never debates an issue only demonizes the other side

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