A Democrat from Tennessee accused military reserves of being a national security risk.
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) raised eyebrows after claiming the National Guard was becoming a danger to America’s stability.
Cohen recently claimed nearly all National Guardsmen are white males and cannot be trusted because many of them might have voted for President Donald Trump at the November election.
“I was thinking, the Guard is 90 some odd percent, I believe, male [and] only about 20 percent of white males voted for [Joe] Biden,” he said in a video shared on Twitter. “You have got to figure that the Guard, which is predominantly more conservative and I see that on my social media, and we know it, they are probably 25 percent of the people that are there protecting us who voted for Biden.”
He then accused a number of soldiers and law enforcement officers of participating in riots that saw hundreds of extremists allegedly storm the Capitol, smash windows, vandalize public property, seize offices, and even force a complete evacuation of both the House and Senate on Jan. 6.
“The other 75 percent are in the class that would be the large class of folks who might want to do something,” he said. “There were military people and police who took oaths to defend the Constitution and to protect and defend who did not do it who were in the insurrection, so it does concern me.”
CNN anchor Jim Scuitto questioned whether the Democrat had any proof to back up his claim that some National Guardsmen might pose a national threat.
“To have voted for Trump does not make you an insider, I mean, that is far different from being a threat of violence inside, whether the National Guard or law enforcement,” he can be heard saying on the video. “I am curious is there anything you have seen to substantiate just how broad this insider threat may be, if it exists?”
However, Cohen was unable to show any conclusive evidence to substantiate whether an insider threat exists.
“Absolutely not, Jim,” he said.
Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) was disgusted by the Democratic Party’s failure to condemn these unsubstantiated claims.
“This is wrong on so many levels,” he said on Twitter.
Cohen was previously caught liking what appeared to be a Democrat supporter’s social media rant about Sen. Tim Scott (R-N.C.) being the president’s “black friend.”
“He might as well be [white,]” Carla Hurst-Chandler said in the now-deleted Twitter post. “He is [Donald] Trump’s new black friend since he killed the last one with COVID [CCP Virus.]”
Hurst-Chandler made the remarks after Cohen criticized Scott for openly supporting the president’s tilt for another four years in the Oval Office at the Republican National Convention.
“The Republican convention is a mirror of the Trump base: white and, as he likes to say, ‘the poorly educated,'” the Cohen said earlier on Twitter.
A different screenshot obtained by Fox News clearly shows Cohen liking the contents of Hurst-Chandler’s post.
After Fox questioned Cohen about his online interactions, his office completely removed both the like and social media post, and declined to comment.