Rep. Steve Cohen Says A Black Guy Told Him He’s Black Because Of His Paternity Test

He took it as a compliment.

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It’s been a tough week for Rep. Steve Cohen. It got tougher Saturday night on the road in DC.

The 1986 Cadillac the Tennessee Democrat drives around town finally crapped out.

But Cohen says the experience gave him fresh perspective on the paternity case that dogged him all week.

Told AfricanAmerican towdriver my week -father -DNA test not father reporter/ attractive fallout.he(not aware of TN9)says,You're BLack! Yo

— RepCohen (@Steve Cohen)

The anecdote didn’t go over well with some.

This tweet from @RepCohen is just wrong on many levels. Like watching a car wreck in slow motion. https://t.co/kCA0ycFNyf

— mylesnmiller (@Myles N. Miller)

Cohen said he took it as a compliment and hears it all the time in his Memphis, TN district.

@mylesnmiller I feel it was a compliment . hear it regularly n Memphis.Life can b tough ,cruel and road has twists/turns.more4 some.igetit

— RepCohen (@Steve Cohen)

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Evan McMorris-Santoro is the White House correspondent for BuzzFeed News.
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