Rep. Steve Cohen: America ‘No Longer Has Values’


U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, a Democrat who represents Tennessee’s Ninth Congressional District, says the United States under U.S. Republican President Donald Trump “no longer has values.”

“This man from the first day he went into office, he wanted to have an alternative foreign policy where Jared Kushner wanted a special back-channel communication to Russia that no one would know about. Now he’s got Giuliani running a backchannel, improper foreign policy to get dirt on his political officials. You throw in an obstruction of Congress. You throw in obstruction of justice for Mueller. This is just a lawless administration that knows no restraint,” Cohen said on CNN’s Newsroom.

“I’ve seen the obstruction. Mick Mulvaney— subpoenas are under power of law — when people refuse to comply with subpoenas and the administration says we’re not going to comply with anything, they are flaunting their noses at the respective article one powers. And to me, that’s clear as the nose on one’s face. And there is no reason to dance around it. This is a lawless administration that doesn’t respect the Constitution.”

Cohen also said he wants impeachment.

“I took an oath. He took an oath. I support my oath. He does not. The American public needs to understand we’re not dealing with a gray area here. This is a black and white violation of the Constitution and a lawless president who has done everything he can to keep the public’s mind away from his involvement with Russia, his involvement with trying to change foreign policy for his own political good and destroying our reputation around the world where the rule of law and democracy which is what people respect America for and now we’re not doing it. As Mr. Kent said, we condemn countries that use political prosecutions all over the world. This was America’s values. America no longer has values. We only have interests, and foreign policy is supposed to be a combination thereof.”

As The Tennessee Star has reported, Cohen has a well-documented history of making inflammatory and below-the-belt remarks about U. Trump.

In a emailed newsletter to constituents, Cohen justified his relentless attacks on Trump by dredging up an old quote from former U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt from the year 1918:

“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public,” Roosevelt said more than 100 years ago.

“Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or anyone else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about anyone else.”

Four years ago, however, Cohen said on MSNBC that Republicans oppose Obamacare only because former U.S. Democratic President Barack Obama is black.

“A lot of the reason they’re against it is because it’s President Obama, who’s African-American, and because it helps a lot of people that are poor and lower income,” Cohen told the network.

“And so, in a lot of places that happens to be African-American people.”

Watch the full interview here.

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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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13 Thoughts to “Rep. Steve Cohen: America ‘No Longer Has Values’”

  1. Karen Bracken

    Says the Communist from Tennessee. He would know values or morals if they jumped up and slapped him in the face.

  2. Steve Allen

    The group in America that no longer has any values would be the Liberal faction of the Democratic Party of which Mr. Cohen is a poster child. They do not value life as they support extreme late term abortions. They lost the presidential election so they now want to abolish the electoral college. They are not happy unless they have control over every aspect of your life because they believe they are far smarter than us Deplorables.

  3. Tonebalone

    Says the politician who has a bucket of KFC as a stage prop.

  4. Lee

    Mr Cohen, Speak for yourself.

  5. Art

    Cohen needs to be taken out behind the woodshed for a few minutes and taught some manners.

  6. Wolf Woman

    That’s right, Steve. We Americans don’t hold with your globalist, socialist values.

  7. William R. Delzell

    I know one resident American who has not values that I share: Tennessee Governor Lee who wants those who cannot afford decent medical care for themselves and their family to die slow painful deaths. That’s Lee’s idea of Christianity! If the major newspapers in Tennessee had any backbone, they would have a cartoon saying: “Lee to poor people, especially to the infants: drop dead!” His agenda is just like Bill Clinton’s so-called welfare reform from the mid-1990’s that tossed poor people to the wolves–all so the Clintons could endear themselves to the far right!

    1. Traditional Thinker

      Which infants are you referring to? The ones that slipped by the dem’s abortion clinics? Guess that stings to know some value life enough whether its inconvenient to their lifestyle or not. Most of of us have seen poverty at some point in our lives. We didn’t die, but rather learned how to appreciate what it means to have and strive to overcome. That’s the great thing about this country. Hard work can free one from poverty. Liberals want to keep poverty in place to control by the redistribution of monies from those who do work hard.

  8. Buck O’Fama

    Cohen is ruining the reputation of that rat-infested, “Just Cuz You Did It Don’t Mean You Guilty” ( actual Memphis billboard ) fetid, stinking swamp called Memphis.

    Don’t know what oath this bloody idiot took, but one drive through Memphis, with MILES of ghettos and streets that rattle your bones as if some fool paved over plowed ground should tell ANY REASONABLE PERSON that Cohen needs to keep his efforts toward Making Memphis Decent Again.

  9. Traditional Thinker

    What values are you referring to steve? Murdering of defenseless unborn babies? Yes, we value human life unlike you and your colleagues in the Democrat party. Maybe you’re referring to marriage? Yes we value the sanctity of marriage between a woman and a man, unlike you and your colleagues in the Democrat party. Could it possibly be about gender confusion? Yes we value God’s decision as accepting our biological birth to be perfect in his creation thereof, unlike you and your colleagues in the Democrat party. I guess the confusion here is the clarity of what you and your depraved party considers values to have metamorphasized into today. As for us who are considered conservatives, it remains the same as it has been throughout the ages. Values set in place by our forefathers of the constitution, and our Father in heaven. You’re blinded by your ignorance and hard heartedness son.

  10. Russ

    Oh we Americans have values, just not yours.