Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) has developed a habit of saying outrageous things on the record, then trying to walk back the comments as “jokes” or claim his words were misconstrued. When he wished fellow Tennessean and Republican then-Rep. Marsha Blackburn dead back in August, he clarified the next day:
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.
When he opined a month earlier that former FBI agent Peter Strzok deserved a Purple Heart for facing tough questioning from Republicans, he retracted the statement within 24 hours of making it.
You’d think by now Cohen would have grown weary of making imbecilic statements and then wishing he hadn’t, but on Sunday he was at it again. Appearing on MSNBC’s “Weekends with Alicia Witt,” he called the Trump family “a criminal enterprise” whose goal has been to gain power and then monetize it. “They’ve done it at the Trump Tower,” Cohen added. “They’ve done it at the Trump hotels. They’ve done it with the Saudis.”
So how bad are the Trumps? Mindful perhaps that the President Trump has been compared numerous times with Adolf Hitler, Cohen charted new territory claiming:
This is a criminal enterprise that makes Al Capone and Frank Nitti look like — make them look like they were good guys.
It’s an interesting comparison, coming as it does at a time when whistleblowers are coming forward with hundreds of pages of evidence of potential wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation, an enterprise founded by a couple whom Cohen backed for their several presidential runs.
Unlike Al Capone, who was mainly a racketeer, the Clintons’ history is peppered with the mysterious deaths of associates who were involved in investigations of the former first couple. In one case, the suicide of Hillary Clinton’s friend and mentor Vince Foster, files linking Hillary to the death mysteriously vanished from the National Archives in 2016.