Just last month, Democrat Rep. Steve Cohen called for military intervention to thwart the Trump administration. “Where are our military folks? The Commander in Chief is in the hands of our enemy!” Cohen wrote on Twitter, apparently suggesting he’d be A-OK with a military coup to overthrow the U.S. government.
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
Further confirming that the man has gone off his meds, he’s now calling for the death of individual Republicans. The comment came when speaking at a community prayer breakfast at the Broadway Baptist Church in Memphis. The breakfast was hosted by former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, who is running for Senate against Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn.
“The big orange president …. He’s going to come down here and he is going to endorse Marsha Blackburn, because Marsha Blackburn, if he [Trump] says, ‘Jump off the Harahan Bridge,’ she’ll jump off the Harahan Bridge,” Cohen said in audio obtained by the Huffington Post. Cohen added, “I wish he’d say that.”
You can hear the pastors in the audience laughing at the comment.
This comes as just the latest comment in a string, calling for violence against President Donald Trump’s associates and supporters. Had a Republican made such a comment like Cohen, we’d see endless media coverage about the Republican “war on women.” I doubt we’ll see the same blowback to Cohen, especially given how others have gotten away with their calls for violence.
Cohen, however, was at least smart enough to hedge his insanity. “It was obviously humor,” he asserted. “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 physical harm.”
If he truly is joking, you couldn’t be faulted for assuming otherwise. The man wants a military coup to overthrow the Trump administration, but we’re to believe he doesn’t wish any harm to those he’s overthrowing? That sounds hardly believable to me.