In bizarre fashion, a Democrat member of Congress found it appropriate to express at a prayer breakfast that he wished a colleague of his would jump off a bridge.
Democrat Congressman Steve Cohen managed to use the Broadway Baptist Church as a venue to joke about fellow Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn killing herself.
Per Washington Examiner:
If ever there were an appropriate time to wish your colleague would die, it’s at a prayer breakfast. Right?
Speaking at the Broadway Baptist Church in Memphis last month, during a prayer breakfast hosted by former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen’s senatorial campaign, Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., joked that he wished Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., would jump off a local bridge. Blackburn is running against Bredesen for retiring GOP Sen. Bob Corker’s seat. HuffPost obtained audio of Cohen’s remarks this week.
Cohen began his comments by calling President Trump a “big orange president” and said Blackburn’s loyalty and support of the president should be enough for her to follow an instruction to jump off a bridge.
“The big orange president. …. He’s going to come down here and he is going to endorse Marsha Blackburn, because Marsha Blackburn, if he says, ‘Jump off the Harahan Bridge,’ she’ll jump off the Harahan Bridge. I wish he’d say that,” Cohen said.
The Daily Caller reports that those in the audience laughed at the remark:
The Harahan bridge is a local bridge connecting Arkansas and Tennessee across the Mississippi river.
The pastors reportedly laughed at Cohen’s remarks.
Cohen told the Huffington Post that he was only joking when he said he wished Blackburn would jump off a bridge.
Later, Cohen was given a chance to clarify the remark. The Democrat said, “It was obviously humor. I wish her no harm. I hope she doesn’t get the Senate. And I wish she wasn’t a lackey for Trump. But I don’t wish her physical harm.”
Here’s more on Cohen’s comment, from Huffington Post:
After his crack about Blackburn, Cohen went on to praise Tennessee’s history of “great senators, independent senators,” citing the late Fred Thompson’s role in the Watergate hearings, former Vice President Al Gore and two Republicans who served as Senate majority leaders: Howard Baker and Bill Frist. He said Blackburn would be a break from that tradition.
“We need another senator we can be proud of, who will vote the issues, who will vote his mind … and that’s Phil Bredesen,” he said. “It’s not Marsha Blackburn. You don’t need a lackey, a lackey for a corrupt, lying president.”
And, on the tight Tennessee senatorial race:
Bredesen and Blackburn are in a tight race to replace retiring GOP Sen. Bob Corker. The Nov. 6 election could help determine control of the U.S. Senate. Bredesen’s reputation as a moderate and his high name recognition from his two terms as governor have boosted the Democrat in a heavily Republican state where Trump took 61 percent of the vote two years ago.
The Blackburn campaign has worked to portray Bredesen ― the former CEO of a chain of for-profit hospitals and the former business-oriented mayor of Nashville ― as a liberal lackey of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) who would consistently oppose the president.
Bredesen has promised to take a checks-and-balances approach to Trump, working with him on some issues and opposing him on others, while Blackburn has wholeheartedly embraced the president. Her second television ad, released earlier this week, focuses exclusively on Trump’s decision to endorse her.
Huffington Post also has the audio of Cohen speaking at the event, which can be viewed by clicking here.