On Thursday, Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., insulted wounded warriors when he told embattled FBI agent Peter Strzok that he should get a Purple Heart after facing tough questioning from Republicans.
“If I could give you a Purple Heart, I would,” Cohen said, addressing Strzok. “This has been an attack on you and a way to attack Mr. Mueller and the investigation that is to get at Russian collusion involved in our election.”
For those not familiar with it, the Purple Heart is an award given to those wounded or killed while serving in combat with the U.S. military.
According to Fox News:
Strzok, who was an Army officer before joining the FBI, repeatedly denied acting on his anti-Trump views while he worked on the Hillary Clinton email investigation and while he worked on the Mueller probe. Strzok was pulled off the Mueller investigation last year after the Justice Department’s internal watchdog made the special prosecutor aware of the texts.
Cohen concluded his five-minute monologue with a flourish, saying “the Russians are loving [this hearing], because this is what they want. This is what they want. You’d think it was Benghazi. It was a never-ending television show from Congress that got nowhere except trying to influence the people that watch Fox News, and that’s what this is about … This is nothing but a ruse to try to get to the Mueller investigation and make people think it’s baseless, that it’s biased …
“Just as Jack Nicholson said in the movie ‘A Few Good Men,’ ‘You can’t handle the truth.’ And the truth is, this is the most corrupt administration ever, and it’s going to be exposed by Robert Mueller, thank God.”
Here’s video of Cohen’s statement:
Cohen’s statement didn’t sit very well with many:
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.): "Mr. Strzok, if I could give you a Purple Heart, I would."
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) July 12, 2018
Democrats seem more interested in running interference for Strzok than in getting the truth about his conduct. One Democrat member even suggested that Strzok deserves a Purple Heart. How absurd!
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) July 12, 2018
Unfortunately, absurd is the modus operandi of the modern Democrat Party.
Steve Cohen just offered to give Peter Strzok–who was removed from the Mueller probe for his misconduct and criticized directly by Obama's Inspector General–a "purple heart."
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) July 12, 2018
Actor James Woods called Cohen a “squealing sycophant pig.”
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) July 12, 2018
Steve Cohen (D-TN) is an absolute disgrace. He stated earlier that he wished he could give Peter Strzok a Purple Heart.
The Purple Heart award is not given out like holiday candy. It’s an award designated to America’s wounded or fallen heroes. Strzok is no hero.
— Kyle Morris (@RealKyleMorris) July 12, 2018
Rep Steve Cohen is a disgrace. Saying he would give #PeterStrzok a purple heart of he could. This is an insult to men and women, including my father who earned a purple heart by being wounded in WAR.
— Jessica (@jess_xoxos) July 12, 2018
Mr. Cohen from Tennessee, a true idiotic Democrat? A Purple Heart, REALLY???#Cohen
— Henry20 (@dmhendrix20) July 12, 2018
Despite overwhelming evidence indicating a clear anti-Trump bias, Strzok maintains he had no bias, even though he told his paramour, Lisa Page, that “we” would “stop” Trump from becoming president.
“Let me be clear, unequivocally and under oath: Not once in my 26 years of defending our nation did my personal opinions impact any official action I took,” Strzok claimed.
Cohen, the Daily Caller reported, also falsely claimed that the hearing was simply a way to entertain Fox News viewers.
“It was a never ending television show from Congress that got nowhere except trying to influence the people that watch Fox News,” he said. “That’s what this is about and this is unfortunate and as they say, you can put lipstick on a pig but this is nothing but a ruse to try to get to the Mueller investigation to make people think that its baseless.”
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