A CNN commentator published an op-ed on the network’s digital platform Friday criticizing Democratic Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen for his behavior surrounding Attorney General William Barr’s scheduled testimony in front of the House Judiciary Committee.
Douglas Heye, who was the deputy chief of staff to Eric Cantor and is currently GOP strategist, penned the piece following Cohen’s decision to bring a bucket of KFC fried chicken and a fake chicken to the hearing. He also gave the attorney general a relevant nickname: “Chicken Barr.”‘
“It calls into question not only the sincerity of the Barr hearing but also the earnestness of the numerous investigations House Democrats are pursuing,” he continued. “Our politicians and our media keep telling us that these are serious times. Just last week, speakers at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner emphatically defended the press. Media coverage should reflect the gravity of the situation, instead of focusing on a member of Congress looking for some finger-lickin’ attention.” (RELATED: Attorney General Bill Barr To Not Testify In Front Of House Judiciary Committee)
Ridiculous! #ChickenBarr not duckBarr or salamanderBarr, so I ate chicken ,though cold, and KFC, though not @GusFriedChicken ( much better) or Churches( also better) as appropriate prop.Racial? Totally ridiculous! Myopic search for racial slant. Look to Trump & his “fine people” https://t.co/Wt3ZfyT0qN
— Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) May 3, 2019
Barr opted not to testify in front of the committee because Democrats voted to allow staffers to question him. He preferred the traditional five-minute rounds of lawmakers asking him questions instead of allowing committee staffers to question Barr about their concerns.