U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) held a Coronavirus Town Hall by phone this week where he touted mail-in voting and warned that Russians are in America putting out misinformation about COVID-19.
Cohen warned that Russians are trying to make Americans believe Pentagon staff caused or created COVID-19.
“The Russians are trying to mess with us all the time. They are trying to mess with the election, by putting out information that is incorrect and mislead the public, particularly with African-Americans,” Cohen said during the call.
“They put out information in the last election, 2016, to dissuade African-Americans from even wanting to go to vote, by putting out material that would make them think ‘Well, what difference does it make?’”
Cohen also said mail-in voting is “effective, accurate, and safe.”
“On being able to vote, The CARES Act approved $400 million for an Elections Assistance Commission, and that will be helpful. That money will go and help states with additional mail in ballots and changing polling sites,” Cohen said.
“We know that’s not enough, and we asked for more on the House side, but that is what we got in the bill. We’d like to see universal mail-in ballots so nobody next November has to go to the polls if they feel like their health could be jeopardized. That should be an option for every American. There have been some statements that mail-in voting is fraud and that it’s not the right way to do things. But quite a few states have exclusive mail-in and they have done that for years. They have not had any problems at all.”
As The Tennessee Star reported last month, Cohen used the coronavirus as yet another reason to take political jabs at President Donald Trump.
This is not the first time Cohen has used the outbreak of a potentially deadly virus as a reason to attack Republicans.
As reported, Cohen said years ago 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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