Rep. Steve Cohen Accuses Protesters of Attempting to ‘Murder the Congress’


In remarks on the floor of the U.S. House, a Democrat member of Congress from Tennessee made hyperbolic claims about the mostly peaceful protests at the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. on January 6.

“This was an assault on the Constitution, an assault on Congress, it was a felonious assault,” Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) said Tuesday evening. “It was [an] attempt to murder Congress and our processes to elect our President of the United States.”

“It is the political equivalent of shooting someone on Fifth Avenue, and getting away with it,” he said, “and somebody needs to stand up to that.”

More than 80 people have been arrested since the protests, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has promised that more arrests will follow.

Cohen posted the video of his rant to his Twitter page, calling for the removal of President Donald J. Trump from office via the 25th Amendment, and threatening a second impeachment.

“We must remove him immediately,” he said. Tonight we demand the Cabinet invoke the 25th Amendment. Tomorrow we impeach. Again.”

Cohen predictably joined his Democrat colleagues in calling for Trump’s removal or impeachment, but in terms of rhetoric, he joined the fringe members of his party in embellishing what actually happened at the Capitol last week.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) ratcheted up the hyperbole on in a video on Instagram Tuesday.

“I did not know if I was going to make it to the end of that day alive,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Not just in a general sense, but in a very, very specific sense.”

Though she said she couldn’t provide details “due to security concerns,” she told her followers “I thought I was going to die.”

Most protestors who have been charged for their roles in the event, have been charged with non-violent crimes, like “knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority.” Some protestors, like Eric Gavelek Munchel of Tennessee, have been charged with “violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds,” which, despite the name of the charge, is a property crime.

There has only been one report of a protestor carrying a weapon. Richard Barnett of Arkansas, the man photographed sitting at the desk of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), is accused of carrying a stun gun.

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Pete D’Abrosca is a contributor at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network. Follow Pete on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected]
Background Photo “Capitol Protest” by Tyler Merbler. CC BY 2.0.






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22 Thoughts to “Rep. Steve Cohen Accuses Protesters of Attempting to ‘Murder the Congress’”

  1. DrDoright

    Memphis is so incompetent they could not even run their own school system…That is why they keep reelecting a moron like Cohen, he’s one of their own!

  2. Deplorable Bay Stater

    I can see that all of you Tennesseeans are sooooo proud of Steve Cohen…

    Here’s a proposition: you send him up to Massachusetts, and, in return, we send you our entire Congressional delegation…9 Representatives and 2 Senators (including Pocahantas) and not a single functioning brain cell in the entire lot. Does that sound like a fair trade?

    1. Dr Doright

      That is like choosing your own method of execution!

  3. Roger

    Congress has been an assault on the constitution, our Bill of Rights and the rule of law for decades.

  4. bart

    Cohen should be censured and expelled from congress.

  5. Traditional Thinker

    Makes you wonder if memphis has been conducting fraudulent elections all along. How else could an idiot such as this continue to be elected?

  6. jamesb

    dear stevie. your comments inflame and hurt. had this been the 12th century when the peasants stormed the castle with torches and pitchfork i ccould understand but these folks had flags and parasols

  7. Founders1791

    Incitement of violence directed at the President & Congressmen

    May 23, 2018 – Harvard Professor, Laurence Tribe (D) said,
    “If you’re going to shoot Trump you’re going to have to shoot to kill”

    Jun 14, 2018 – Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D) said,
    “I just don’t even know why there aren’t uprisings all over the country. And maybe there will be”

    23 Jun 2018 – Congressman Maxine Waters (D) said,
    “We say no peace, no sleep. No peace, so sleep. If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere”

    Sept 1 2020 – Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D) said,
    “The domestic enemies to our voting system and our honoring our Constitution are right at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave with their allies in the Congress of the United States.”

  8. Dee

    Rep Cohen: I don’t see that as a big loss.

  9. Jasonn

    That guy has been a clown all his life. Why give him all that attention that he doesn’t deserve?

  10. Tim Price

    Just when you think Cohen can’t go any more stupid, he just goes one more! What a damn idiot!

  11. David S. Blackwell RN, BSN

    Well if he keeps eating chicken the way he does, he might develop heart disease.

  12. Satan doth protest too much, methinks.

  13. boudreaux

    It is beyond my comprehension how Cohen was elected. The man is “mental”.

  14. Julie

    If you really want to know what they have planned for us you have to look no further than communist China. With the mask off it will make it easier for people to accept the charges of treason that are coming.
    And AOC was worried that Antifa/BLM might do something to her? Keep in mind she is one of the people that votes to send your children to overseas wars that it looks like the left wants to keep in place.

  15. Russ Crouch

    What an idiot blow hard. IF the people had wanted to murder anybody, they would have. I do not condone what they did, but I understand their feelings. The election at best was handled badly, at worst their was a great deal of changing the rules, against the constitution, and no one seems to want to look at it. Thus the reactions that we have had.

  16. Gordon Shumway

    in a congress full of foolish legislators cohen is one of the top fools.

  17. Kevin

    The guy is a pathological Dumocrat! So, he’s outraged by a some protesting and vandalism in DC, really? Does he ever actually spend much time in Memphis, which has continued to be one of the cities with the most violent crimes for years?

    Makes you wonder, is Steve Cohen really the BEST that west Tennessee can offer? Seems to me that he’s making the good folk who live and work in the TN 9th District look bad!

  18. Steve Allen

    I’ll bet he had no problem with all the Leftist incited rioting that took place all summer. The Democratic party….the party of hypocrisy.

  19. Eric Schrader

    Can someone “esplain” to me how this clown, Steve Cohen, gets elected by the people of Tennessee, a state which I’ve spent a lot of great times in? He’s from the Memphis area, so what the heck do the people see in this dufus?

    1. mikey whipwreck

      its memphis, that about explains it.

    2. Steve Allen

      Same way that bozo Biden got elected, they cheat.