Even as the mainstream media pounces on stumbles from GOP candidates — Todd Aiken and Christine O’Donnell, for example — there has been muted media reaction to news that Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) told a group of pastors last month he hoped President Donald Trump would tell Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), the Republican U.S. Senate candidate, to jump off a bridge.
While the remarks were first reported by HuffPost, outlets like MSNBC, The New York Times and ABC News, which have been quick to criticize Trump, in particular for comments he makes about women, have been silent in this case.
According to HuffPost, Cohen was appearing at a community prayer breakfast at a Memphis church hosted by former Gov. Phil Bredesen’s campaign for Senate.
“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,” he said in the audio obtained by HuffPost, referring to a bridge over the Mississippi River connecting Arkansas and Tennessee. “I wish he’d say that.”
HuffPost reported that the remark was met with laughter, and in a phone interview Thursday night, “Cohen made it clear he didn’t wish Blackburn physical harm. ‘It was obviously humor,’ he said, adding: ‘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.’”
Though Cohen says he doesn’t wish Blackburn any harm, his comments come after the targeting against Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), who was hospitalized and in critical condition after he was shot by a far left-wing activist at a practice session for the congressional baseball team in Virginia. News reports indicate that Scalise was targeted specifically for his political party affiliation.