As my Red State colleague Bonchie wrote yesterday, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-9) thought he’d get cute by bringing a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken to a House Judiciary hearing yesterday in retaliation for Attorney General William Barr’s refusal to comply with House Democrats and their dog and pony show.
.@RepCohen brought a plastic chicken and a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken (which he is tucking into ahead of this 9AM House Judiciary hearing.)
“He’s here,” Cohen said, pointing to the chicken and referring to AG Barr who is not attending after a grilling in the Senate. pic.twitter.com/bGz3HCRSCQ
— Lauren Gambino (@laurenegambino) May 2, 2019
The obvious point during the “hearing” was to insinuate Barr was a “chicken.” Cohen later referred to Barr as “Chicken Barr” during interviews.
In response, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) took to the floor of the U.S. Senate to slam Cohen’s stunt for the political theater that it was. He also questioned Cohen’s choice of KFC (bolded emphasis added):
“What this really boils down to is theater, some of it almost to the level of comedy. Let me give you an example of what I mean. There was a House hearing today. I’m about to put up a picture that actually was on CSPAN, that actually occurred in a house hearing,” Tillis said as part of his floor speech.
“You tell me whether or not the chair of this committee is actually serious about this subject when you’ve got a guy eating fried chicken in place of where they wanted Attorney General Barr to be.
“This guy didn’t have even have good enough sense to have Bojangles’ chicken.
“They’ve got, the chair and others, letting him have that kind of theater in a House committee room. Really? Can you honestly say you’re serious about this or is this like a circus and a political tool because you lost? You wanted the president to be guilty. You wanted to prove he obstructed. I get that. A lot of it was a political exercise.”
Watch Tillis’s speech below:
— CSPAN (@cspan) May 2, 2019
As I’ve written before, Bojangles is just pure delicious southern fried chicken goodness.
— Sister Toldjah 😁 (@sistertoldjah) September 6, 2017
Cohen, in not bringing a Bojangles family variety feast box instead of a KFC bucket definitively proved he was not worth listening to (not that he had been before that, anyway).
According to McClatchy: “There is a Bojangles’ in the bottom of Union Station, abut a mile from the U.S. House of Representatives.”
Bojangles, to their credit, responded with a bipartisan invitation for both Tillis and Cohen:
— Bojangles' (@Bojangles1977) May 2, 2019
A fried chicken summit! I’m down with that. Just make sure not to forget the sweet tea.
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