Representatives Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) and Jim Cooper (D-TN-05) tweeted that voters should be fearful heading into Election Day. Both representatives issued their remarks on the day before the election.
The tweets from Cohen and Cooper reflect one of two messages: encouraging individuals to submit their votes and questioning the integrity of the election. The day before Election Day, Cohen suggested that the election’s aftermath should be feared.
“After the election, #Trump could take his outlandishness to new heights. That’s why I intro’d H.J.Res.8 to prevent presidents from pardoning themselves/families/cohorts. I fear Trump will be untethered and unhinged in the coming months. #TrumpMeltdown,” wrote Cohen. “I fear from now until January 20, 2021. And you should too. Chaos bred from fear coming to America.”
In the past week, Cohen has tweeted other claims against President Donald Trump and his administration, as well as the integrity of the election. Cohen has used hashtags including “#TrumpIsKillingAmericans” and “#TrumpLiedPeopleDied.”
Within his tweets, Cohen has claimed that the Electoral College causes lower voter turnout and doesn’t represent democracy. The representative has also accused White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany of violating the Hatch Act.
Additionally, Cohen claimed that Trump endorsed “vigilante violence” because the President mentioned the controversial Trump supporters surrounding a Biden campaign bus in Texas.
Here’s our impeached executive tonight endorsing vigilante violence. 247 of 248 republicans in congress voted to keep this disgrace in power. Not one of them will say a word about this either. https://t.co/vRd9vMpvPL
— Bill Pascrell, Jr. (@BillPascrell) November 1, 2020
On the night of Philadelphia riots, Cohen shared a tweet from Representative John Yarmuth (D-KY-03), who quoted previous representative John Lewis telling people to “make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”
Cooper also chose to tweet a message of fear the day before the election. The representative retweeted a screenshot of a video from historian Jon Meacham’s Democratic National Convention (DNC) speech, calling it a “10/10.”
— Jim Cooper (@repjimcooper) November 2, 2020
Meacham said that the election signifies “a grave moment in America,” and stated that Trump has rendered citizens into “prisoners of the darkest of American forces.” The historian implied that President Trump created a dangerous landscape in America throughout COVID-19 and the riots.
While most of Cooper’s other tweets from this past week focused on encouraging citizens to vote, some remarks question the election’s integrity. In one tweet, Cooper stated that the Electoral College “is a relic of the past and an example of institutional racism,” and claimed that it suppressed racial minorities that populate the larger states.
Cooper also retweeted the House Oversight Committee’s claim that the President and his administration attempted to use $250 million in coronavirus ad campaign funds for Trump’s re-election.
#BREAKING: Chairs @RepMaloney, @WhipClyburn, & @CongressmanRaja released new documents that show Administration officials tried to use a $250 Million ad campaign for #coronavirus to help the President's re-election.
Read the full release here:https://t.co/K7YTRFgpHp
— Oversight Committee (@OversightDems) October 29, 2020
Neither spokesperson for Cohen or Cooper responded with comment by press time.
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Corinne Murdock is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and the Star News Network. Follow her latest on Twitter, or email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Steve Cohen” by Congressman Steve Cohen Facebook. Photo “Jim Cooper” by U.S. Senate. Background Photo “Voting Booths” by Sage Ross CC BY-SA 2.0.