U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, has reportedly made what some people might call yet another insensitive remark to score political points, and this time it involves this week’s tragedy in France.
This, according to various news outlets.
Specifically, Cohen said Republican U.S. President Donald Trump is doing to the Constitution what Monday’s devastating fire did to the Notre Dame Cathedral in France.
Cohen said Trump is “torching the entire structure of government.”
Cohen said this on MSNBC’s Hardball and continued to accuse Trump of obstructing justice.
“I filed articles last year. I haven’t brought them up this year, but we are getting so far along in seeing what this president has done and what he’s done to the Constitution, what he’s done to the people’s respect for our government,” Cohen reportedly said.
“What he has done to the Constitution and the rule of law is as bad as [what] that fire did to Notre Dame. He’s torching the entire structure of government and the people’s respect for it and the Congress needs to act. The facts were supposed to be in the Mueller Report. We’ll get them. We’ll find the court and we’ll go to the court, and I think we’ll be allowed to see them because the redacted testimony, the grand jury testimony can be seen and there’s precedent for it being given to Congress.”
According to The Daily Caller, the Notre Dame Cathedral has stood for 856 years. The cause of the fire is still unknown.
This is not Cohen’s first bout of hyperbole.
As reported, Cohen lost his temper at a news conference in Memphis in 2013 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. Cohen has also said Tea Party supporters are no different than arsonists and compared Republicans to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels for opposing Obamacare.
He also said the Ebola virus would mutate into a Biblical-style plague that would devastate Tennessee – unless state Republicans in the Tennessee General Assembly complied fully with Obamacare and expanded Medicaid.
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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]
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