U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN-05) said earlier this month that Tennessee Republicans embarrass him because they won’t concede the U.S. presidential election to Joe Biden.
Cooper said this in a December 11 newsletter that his staff emailed to his constituents.
The congressman made these remarks after a majority of members of the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed asking them to block Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania from casting their electoral college votes. Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery joined 16 other state attorneys general supporting what Paxton did.
Cooper said Republicans are in denial and undermining the United States.
“I am embarrassed for our state that so many Tennessee Republicans are refusing to admit who won the presidential election,” Cooper said.
“Every single signatory should be ashamed of themselves for attempting to destroy our democracy. Joe Biden is president-elect.”
As The Tennessee Star reported last month, Cooper, who has long scolded others to act civil, compared South Carolina voters to people who have Down Syndrome.
Cooper reportedly said this when The Nashville Post profiled him last month.
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.
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, “Congress needs more civility and less partisan food fights.”
Congress needs more civility and less partisan food fights http://t.co/ATMQPuT
— Jim Cooper (@repjimcooper) July 14, 2011
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.
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