U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper Says Tennessee Republicans Are Embarrassing the Volunteer State


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.”

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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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Rep Jim Cooper” by Rep Jim Cooper.





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25 Thoughts to “U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper Says Tennessee Republicans Are Embarrassing the Volunteer State”

  1. M. Flatt

    You know what really frustrates me about this man? HE RAN UNOPPOSED IN THIS LAST ELECTION! There was no other choice for me but him and “write in candidate”. So, I wrote in “Eunice Wifflezipper”! Seriously, as much as we claim to have problems with this guy, we had no other “real” choice to replace him.
    I would really like to know why the local Republican party didn’t have another option. Is it just too much effort to find someone willing to serve in North Davidson County, or did the local group decide that there’s no point in wasting resources running in such a “staunchly Democrat” area?

  2. Both the.Cooper Brothers need to resign.

    The only embarrassment that Tennessee is facing are you and the Democrats who support Biden as the president-elect. Stealing Elections for the namesake of Democracy is not American it’s socialism. The American people did not vote for Biden but the fake ballots did. The only thing that ties Dementia with Democrats is Joe Biden.

  3. Teddy

    After his performance in Congress, Jim is the one who should be embarassed. Total lack of civility.

  4. John

    Please note his own brother never mentioned Jim Cooper’s name or admitted to knowing him when running for the office of Mayor of Nashville, TN

  5. molonlabe28

    Concede this stolen election?

    Are you serious, Mr. Beta Male Congressman?

    We’re all just getting warmed up.

  6. jamesb

    dear sir. the only thing tennessee is ashamed of is you, your brother and that kfc eating idiot in memphis named cohen. we could do very well without you

    the folks that issue this paper really know how to lighten things up when they mention either of you.

    good for them.

  7. Russ

    What an embarrassment to state of Tennessee. Wish he would move to Net York or California so he can be with his type of people

  8. mikey whipwreck

    jim pooper and his brother chicken coop are both embarrassments to the middle TN area.

  9. LM

    So , he’s embarrassed by Tennessee Republicans not “conceding” ? Well , that’s good. That way, he can be proud of all of his Democrat comrads for the massive voter fraud and for the most egregious coup attempt in U.S. history.

  10. David Longfellow

    Screw the democrats including Cooper who have been trying to undermine Republicans for decades and broke the law repeatedly trying to undermine Trump.

  11. Ed

    Cooper is Tennessee’s embarrassment. Cooper would find a better home in Calif. or NY.

  12. Allen Neely

    Thank goodness this old fool is leaving congress! If there is an embarrassment to the people of Tennessean is him! He is not a Republican—he is a RINO!

  13. joenoes

    Jim Cooper – – MORON

  14. Boyd

    The entire Cooper family is an embarrassment to the Great State of Tennessee. Nashville Democrats.

    1. Wolf Woman

      @Boyd. Precisely!

  15. Beatrice Shaw

    Excellent man from an EXCELLENT family of leaders. I feel good I am NOT the one embarassing him. I voted for Biden and proudly proclaim him MY President!

  16. Jim Cooper is like the guy running around with no pants, giving fashion advice.

  17. Kevin

    You can expect the Left to ratchet up their rhetorical BS because they think that they have won the Presidency. They might have won a skirmish but “nuclear war” is coming! Lock ’em up!

    And talk about embarrassing? That photo of Jim-Bob Cooper looks mighty like the south end of a north bound donkey, aka a Democrat’s Democrat :o)

  18. Julie

    What Jim really means he is embarrassed that the majority of the state is so backwards and votes Republican. We know what a man who “accidentally” makes an extra chromosome remark is really thinking.

  19. Leslie Benny

    Rick….you said it best! Cooper has been embarrassing us for years!

  20. Tim Price

    Jim, you can go straight to Hell! Your support of chicken eating Cohen and cheating Joe Biden make all good Tennesseans ashamed that you come from our great state. You and your brother are an example of what is wrong with Nashville!

  21. Roger

    I wonder if he is upset with his soon to be president using the vaccine to bring about racial equality and racial population control? Yes, Biden the man who believes withholding the vaccine and allowing the elderly to simply die off is okay as long as a racial balance is achieved. I guess we as a nation are at the point in our history to where Biden Himmler can rule our country, and decide who lives and who dies.

    1. Julie

      Roger, these people who are advocating not giving the vaccine to the elderly are not talking about their elderly family members they are talking about yours. They always exempt themselves from their central planning policies.

      1. Ron Welch

        “They always EXEMPT THEMSELVES…”

        Absolutely right, Julie! And that IN VIOLATION of “the equal protection of the laws ” in the 14th Amendment.

        “Congress can make no law which will not have its full operation on themselves and their
        friends, as well as on the great mass of the society.”
        — James Madison, The Federalist Papers, No. 57.

        Far fewer laws against us and imposing on us would be passed if they applied to those who SERVE UNDER our delegated powers!

        “The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the state.” –Tacitus, Roman Senator Historian

  22. Rick

    Goober Jim you are the embarrassment you cheating and lying Democrat! Mr extra chromosome!! Take your brother Covid Commie Cooper with you!