U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN-05), who has long scolded others to act civil, reportedly does not practice what he preaches as he this week compared South Carolina voters to people who have Down Syndrome.
Cooper reportedly said this when The Nashville Post profiled him this week.
The Post asked Cooper about Democratic U.S. Senate candidates who raised $100 million for their campaigns — but still lost.
“You’re probably talking about Jaime Harrison, who was an outstanding candidate. But that is South Carolina. I’ve said for years that they have extra chromosomes, South Carolina voters,” Cooper said.
Cooper’s staff later apologized for the analogy to The Tennessean and said he was referring to South Carolina’s history of “bigotry and racism.”
This, despite the fact that U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), an African-American, represents the state, per the voters’ wishes.
South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism spokeswoman Dawn Dawson-House declined The Tennessee Star’s request for comment Tuesday. Dawson-House said that Cooper’s reported remarks were “a political issue” and not one concerning tourism.
In January 2018 The Tennessean listed Cooper among their “Champions of Civility.”
In 2011 Cooper, via his Twitter, asked “Will civility prevail?”
That same year, Cooper, again on Twitter, said the following:
“Congress needs more civility and less partisan food fights.”
As The Star reported in August, Cooper heavily implied, without solid evidence, that U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is a criminal. Cooper then asked DeJoy if he secretly hoped U.S. President Donald Trump would one day pardon him — as the president did for Roger Stone.
“Mr. DeJoy, as a mega-donor for the Trump campaign, you were picked along with Michael Cohen and Elliot Broidy, two men who have already pled guilty to felonies, to be the three deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee,” Cooper said.
“Did you pay back several of your top executives for contributing to Trump’s campaign by bonusing or rewarding them?”
DeJoy said Cooper made “an outrageous claim” and that DeJoy resented it. DeJoy then said no, he did not bonus or reward his executives for contributing to Trump’s 2016 campaign.
DeJoy then said he wasn’t even working at his former company while Trump ran for office in 2016.
But Cooper asked more questions.
“Do your mail delays fit Trump’s campaign goal of hurting the Post Office, as stated in his tweets? Are your mail delays implicit campaign contributions?” Cooper asked.
DeJoy responded with this:
“I’m not here to answer these types of questions. I’m here to represent the Postal Service. All my actions have to do with improvements in the Postal Service. Am I the only one in this room that understands that we have a $10 billion a year loss?”
Cooper then asked DeJoy to hand over his communications with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and President Trump.
“Mr. DeJoy, is your backup plan to be pardoned like Roger Stone?” Cooper asked.
DeJoy laughed and said he had no comment.
“It’s not worth the comment,” DeJoy said.
As reported, the USPS has lost more than $78 billion since 2007. DeJoy wanted to implement certain cost-saving initiatives but he delayed them until after the November election “to even avoid the appearance of any impact on election mail.”
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