Outside Republic Coffee, a few tea party members held signs protesting Cohen’s recent remarks about the group. Inside the shop at 2924 Walnut Grove, as Cohen spoke to about 25 people, several asked pointed questions about Cohen’s comments last week on a radio show.
I know that you’re not a racist. I suspect that you’re not a racist,” Cohen said. “The tea party should have had someone stand up and repudiate the actions that occurred.”
Peter Calandruccio, who called himself “diametrically opposed” to Cohen’s political beliefs, asked for an apology.
“I just think in the future it’d be best to refrain from such inflammatory comments,” Calandrucci said. “To characterize a whole group with those terms doesn’t speak well of the office.”
He was also interviewed on WMCTV:
Ok, the reality is that Cohen has found himself in a heap of trouble thanks to his mouth several times. Maybe he’s going after Joe Biden’s record. I don’t know. Either way, blanket statements aren’t advisable.
That said, even though the TEA Party movement is “loosely organized” they should confront the racist elements within their midst head on. They are there, and they have been documented. That doesn’t mean they all are racists, quite the contrary. They just need to more closely monitor their “brand”.
Also they should disassociate themselves with the threats made to elected officials, including Cohen.
In the end, it’s unlikely any of the TEA Partiers will be voting for him anyway since they have their own candidate in the race. Still, it’s good to see that it was a largely civil affair.
Civility in Memphis? Whoda thunk it?