Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., received criticism after a comment he made about Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., came to light.
“The big orange president, that’s not somebody from Knoxville. He’s going to come down here and endorse Marsha Blackburn. ‘Cause Marsha Blackburn, if he says, ‘jump off the Harahan Bridge,’ she’ll jump off the Harahan Bridge… I wish he’d say that. She will do anything he says,” Cohen said at a community prayer breakfast on July 28, HuffPost reported.
Cohen was at the breakfast in support of Gov. Phil Bredesen’s campaign for Senate, and Blackburn is Bredesen’s Republican opponent, HuffPost noted.
Cohen later said that he was joking and did not mean Blackburn harm. “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,” Cohen said, HuffPost reported.
Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Scott Golden took aim at Cohen over the comment, saying, “At a time when our country is combating a mental health crisis, it’s shocking and, frankly, sickening to hear a Democratic congressman actively wishing for a Republican congress (woman)’s suicide.
“The fact that these shameful and violent remarks came at a prayer breakfast make them that much more disappointing,” he added, according to The Tennessean.
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