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."

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slammer
Jul 23, 2013 8:44 PM CDT
nut of the week!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol!
Smitty6398
Jul 23, 2013 2:46 PM CDT
Having lived in the Memphis-N. Miss. area for some years in the 70's, the fact that a White guy was representing a PREDOMINATELY Black Congressional District also struck me as odd (I'm white, by the way). I spent a few minutes looking at Wikipedia and realized that it's not the fact that he is not black that's important; but that he is a Tennessean and a 4th generation Memphian. He identifies closely with the people he represents, and has consistently out-polled ALL candidates at the polls. BOTTOM LINE: The people in his district think he's doing a good job, that's what he was elected to do.
ashes123
Jul 23, 2013 8:26 AM CDT
Typical. Black people are allowed to joke about and perpetuate stereotypes that are harmful to their race, but if a white person even jokes...they get crucified. That's BULL.