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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