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Congressman Cohen boycotts, responds to President Trump's State of the Union

Congressman Steve Cohen (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Congressman Steve Cohen (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Congressman Steve Cohen (D-Tennessee) is pushing back after President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address.

Cohen joined a dozen other Congressmen in boycotting Trump's speech Tuesday.

Cohen has been a vocal opponent of Trump, even filing papers to impeach the Republican president.

"It pains me to see people that support this president and they don't understand what they are supporting," Cohen said at a press conference Wednesday. 

He also expressed his disdain with how the president is handling immigration and border security. 

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, to the country, not to Donald Trump,” Cohen said.   

Cohen said while others wore all black or planned to walk out, he and some of his fellow congressmen felt this was the way they wanted to express their concerns.

“I thought the most appropriate thing to do was to join with my friend John Lewis, who I think is the saint of Congress, and one of the most admired people I've had the opportunity to interact with in my life and to join with him and some other democratic leaders and boycott,” Cohen said.   

The congressman said just because he didn't attend the address, it doesn't mean he had the day off. He watched some of the address on his way back to Memphis.

Cohen also said there is a Democratic 8-page response to the anticipated release of a presidential memo questioning the FBI and Department of Justice.

“And the intelligence committee in the house is not allowing that to be distributed except to members not to be distributed to the public,” Cohen said.   

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