Tennessee Democrat Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) told disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok during a hearing with the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees that he should be awarded a Purple Heart, an award reserved for those in the armed services wounded in combat.
Cohen told Strzok he deserved a Purple Heart for surviving attacks from Republicans during the hearing on Thursday focused on text messages he sent to FBI lawyer Lisa Page that showed bias against President Trump.
“If I could give you a Purple Heart, I would. You deserve one,” Cohen said. “This has been an attack on you, in a way to attack Mr. Mueller, in the investigation that is to get at Russia collusion involved in our election.”
Air Force Senior Airman Brian Kolfage, the most severely wounded US Airman to survive his wounds took to social media to denounce the statements in fiery lashing against the Congressman. You can read Airman Kolfage’s partial statement below:
Rep. Steve Cohen, a Tennessee Democrat believes corrupt FBI agent Peter Strzok ‘deserves’ a Purple Heart medal! Are you freaking kidding?! What kind of idiot would say such a disrespectful statement towards the men and women of the US Military who have given so much. To use our wounds and our sacrifice as a political pawn makes me sick.
Rep. Steve Cohen there’s NO such thing as ‘Deserving’ a Purple Heart medal. There’s no glory in being wounded, we don’t ask for such a medal, its only awarded to those who were wounded in direct combat with enemy forces. Men who d*e in combat are awarded the Purple Heart Medal.
Everyday I wake up with no legs, no hand, constantly reminded about the sacrifice I made. It’s not just the sacrifice of losing limbs it’s the daily sacrifice for decades I will make. I can’t run after my kids, I can’t teach them to kick a soccer ball or swing a baseball bat. As years pass I’m constantly finding how my sacrifice evolves. I can’t help my wife with a lot of daily tasks, many years from now I won’t be able to run around with my grandchildren, I will miss out on many things simply because of my disability which boils down to that Purple Heart Medal. How in the hell does a corrupt FBI agent who sent text messages and sat in a cozy padded chair in front of government leaders deserve a Purple Heart Medal? Who elects these people? This guy certainly deserves an award for the dumbest statement of the decade.
The audacity of an elected official to make these statements blows my mind. I wonder what Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth has to say about these statements. We were hospitalized and lived together in the Fisher House at Walter Reed. There’s no excuse, Rep. Steve Cohen must apologize to the men and women who have given the most to this nation.