Rep. Steve Cohen (D., Tenn.) said he was joking when he said last month he wished Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R., Tenn.) would jump off a bridge, calling it an obvious attempt at humor.
HuffPost obtained audio of Cohen addressing a group of pastors and discussing the 2018 U.S. Senate race in Tennessee, where Blackburn is facing former Gov. Phil Bredesen (D.) in one of the most closely watched races in the country.
Blackburn is a longtime supporter of President Donald Trump and has touted his endorsement of her on the campaign trail. Cohen mocked her for being willing to do anything the president asked, like jump off the Harahan Bridge, which traverses the Mississippi River and connects Arkansas and Tennessee.
“The big orange president …. He’s going to come down here and he’s 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. “I wish he’d say that.”