Democrat congressman Steve Cohen seemed to suggest a military coup may be in order to overthrow President Trump after his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Cohen’s outrage stems from the fact that the President criticized the U.S. intelligence community – a group that warrants criticism dating back to pre-9/11 days – and sided with Putin in saying he was “extremely strong and powerful in his denial” of Russia’s election meddling.
“With that being said, all I can do is ask the question. My people came to me … They said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin. He just said it’s not Russia,” Trump explained.
“I will say this,” he added. “I don’t see any reason why it would be.”
The fact that Trump would question the intelligence community lit a fire under political opponents, but none more so than Cohen who suggested in a social media tantrum that the military needs to intervene in stopping the President.
Where are our military folks ? The Commander in Chief is in the hands of our enemy! https://t.co/3eF7OLKEdN
— Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) July 16, 2018
Such a threat is not even vaguely a trivial matter.
United States law indicates:
“Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or the government of any State, Territory, District or Possession thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by force or violence … Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.
Cohen seemed stunned that calling for the military to step in and stop President Trump would be controversial, later tweeting “Talk about jumping to conclusions without talking to source. No coup called for.”
Prominent followers on social media seemed skeptical of Cohen’s defense.
What would you like them to do exactly? Why not just say it like you mean it? Advocating the military overthrow of the President of the United States is the very definition of insurrection. https://t.co/QKzxOEUS26 https://t.co/fFNHhAqYqv
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) July 17, 2018
.@RepCohen, a Democrat Congressman, calls for the U.S. military to take control of the United States from President Trump.
Congressman Cohen, you should resign immediately. You are publicly calling for a coup. https://t.co/glWpS8kWf7
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) July 16, 2018
I think a sitting Congressman is calling for a military coup, but I’m not super sure. https://t.co/pi82V10bsc
— Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) July 16, 2018
This is a far cry from Cohen’s views on Russia in 2012 when he declared we need good relations and Putin is “not our enemy.”
— Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) August 29, 2012
This is the second time in a week that Cohen has invoked the military and stirred up trouble. Cohen suggested anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok, during his appearance in front of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees, deserved a purple heart medal.