Rep. Steve Cohen didn't back down Friday over a tweet in which he called out Rudy Giuliani for even questioning President Obama's love of America.
"[Giuliani] was throwing red meat to the crowd, and he is a butcher," Cohen told National Journal in a phone interview. The former Republican New York mayor had said during a fundraiser Wednesday, according to Politico, that Obama "wasn't brought up the way you were brought up, and I was brought up, through love of this country."
In a fiery tweet Friday afternoon, the Tennessee Democrat said, "Rudy Giuliani questioned how much, or even if, President Obama loves America. Maybe he thinks he loves it â…— as much as Giuliani & his pals." The tweet, an apparent allusion to the Three-Fifths Compromise of 1787, which counted black people as just three-fifths of white people when determining the number of representatives for Congress for each state, sparked attention on social media.
"I have gotten quite a bit of support from folks, but I have gotten a whole lot of flack," Cohen said. "I anticipate that. I get flack from the right wing, conservative tea party, quote-un-quote 'constitutional conservatives' ... Breitbart, gun-loving, blah, blah, blah crowd."