Rep. Cohen: Paternity Fiasco Makes Me Black

This apparently makes sense to him

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 22, 2013 12:39 PM CDT
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(Newser) – It may be time for Steve Cohen to stop talking, tweeting, or communicating with planet Earth in any fashion, since it usually doesn't seem to end well for him. The congressman first got into hot water for tweeting affectionately at a much-younger bikini model, then claimed she was his secret daughter. Only now it turns out she's not actually related to him, and in discussing the convoluted matter on Twitter, Cohen has gotten himself into yet more hot water. Behold:

  • "Told AfricanAmerican towdriver my week -father -DNA test not father reporter/ attractive fallout.he(not aware of TN9)says,You're BLack! Yo"

Um, OK. Cohen was on Morning Joe this morning talking about the whole fiasco, and the controversial (and basically incomprehensible) tweet, of course, was brought up, Politico reports. "I drive an ‘86 Caddy. A lot of African Americans drive old cars—a stereotype—a lot of African Americans drive old cars," Cohen said, explaining that his car broke down and a tow truck responded to the scene. "He drives me, we ditch the car, I come back and I tell him the story [of his secret not-daughter]. He goes, 'Man, you’re black.' And I took it as a compliment. I hear it in Memphis all the time. My constituents don’t look at me as a white person, they say, 'You’re one of us.'" He added that the whole situation and the ensuing tweet "was fun. It was funny."

In this Jan. 13, 2010 file photo, Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., left, speaks in Washington.
In this Jan. 13, 2010 file photo, Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., left, speaks in Washington.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
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Cohen explains his tweet on 'Morning Joe.'   (MSNBC via Politico)

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