U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) this week compared U.S. Republican President Donald Trump’s alleged quid pro quo on Ukraine as an affront to civil rights workers, women’s suffrage, and people murdered by the Ku Klux Klan.
“President Trump’s subversive and illegal actions in seeking foreign interference are an effrontery to our Constitution and to free and fair elections. They are an affront to our Founders. They are an affront to the suffragists who fought for women’s voting rights,” Cohen said during this week’s U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearing on impeachment.
“They are an affront to the memory of Medgar Evers, a civil rights leader assassinated in Jackson, Mississippi. They are an affront to the memories of Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Michael Schwerner, civil rights workers murdered in Philadelphia, Mississippi during the Freedom Summer of 1964 while registering African Americans to vote.”
And Cohen then added more deceased people to his list.
“They are an affront to the memory of Viola Liuzzo, a mother of five, who was murdered by the Ku Klux Klan, while she was in Alabama to participate in the Selma-to-Montgomery March,” Cohen said.
“And they are an affront to the memory of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. who championed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. And they are an affront to every service member who has fought to defend our nation and our system of self-government, based upon free and fair elections. President Trump’s attempt to subvert our election was an attack on America.”
According to the website NoqReport.com, Cohen’s speech seemed bizarre.
“Most have heard of ‘word salad,’ a confused or unintelligible mixture of seemingly random words and phrases, specifically (in psychiatry) as a form of speech indicative of advanced schizophrenia,” according to the website.
“In the case of Representative Steve Cohen from Tennessee, it would seem he suffers from ‘issue salad’ in which he conflates seemingly random issues and historical events in his attacks on President Trump.”
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