Democratic congressman Steve Cohen said recently that he hoped GOP congresswoman Marsha Blackburn would “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.”
The audience laughed at Cohen’s remarks. However, Blackburn is not laughing. Abbi Sigler, the spokesperson for the congresswoman, tells The Daily Caller that the comment normalizes “violent rhetoric.”
“The continuous hate and vitriol coming from Tennessee Democrats, coupled with Phil Bredesen’s silence, is shameful. This violent rhetoric isn’t politics as usual, and Mr. Bredesen’s silence on these matters is becoming a pattern. If he won’t stand up to do the right thing at a prayer breakfast at home in Tennessee, he cannot be trusted to do the right thing in Washington. As much as Mr. Bredesen and his Democratic party may personally dislike it, Tennesseans overwhelmingly elected President Trump, and Marsha Blackburn will stand with him and with Tennesseans to do the right thing.”
Cohen did not apologize for the remarks, and said he was “joking.” Blackburn is currently running against Democrat Phil Bredesen, hoping to fill the seat vacated by retiring Sen. Bob Corker.