Retiring Democrat Rep. Jim Cooper (TN) warned during an interview with a local newspaper this week that the Democrat Party in his state is facing extinction because Democrats are self-righteous and tell other people what to do.
Cooper, 67, announced late last month that he was retiring after his district was redrawn during redistricting.
“As usual, Democrats are not alert to future dangers. The biggest danger we face in an off-year election after we won the White House is the 100-year trend toward the other party. Redistricting is small potatoes compared to that historical trend,” Cooper told the Nashville Scene. “Our party needs to improve its management capabilities. We do not anticipate and organize and plan.”
“We’re addicted to telling other people what to think. You can’t really win many elections if you’re that self-righteous,” he later added. “It’s important to be in communication with your constituents, not to be their boss. You’re their representative. We’ve got to get this formula right. The Democratic Party in Tennessee is basically facing extinction. We’ve been on a long downhill slide for a long time.”
Cooper’s comments come as Democrat President Joe Biden’s approval rating dropped below 40% for the first time ever this week in the RealClearPolitics average, which is an average of all the major national polls.
“For the first time since taking office, Biden’s approval rating — based on an accumulation of polling data — fell below 40%,” Fox News reported. “A Real Clear Politics average of all the most recent national surveys measuring Biden’s standing put the president’s approval at 39% and his disapproval at 54%.”
In the race for Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District, former Trump administration official Morgan Ortagus is widely seen as the favorite to win the GOP nomination after former President Donald Trump endorsed her.
“In President Trump’s Administration I fought for conservative policies that put America first, but now, we must fight harder than we ever have before to push back against the Democrats’ extremism,” Ortagus said in a statement. “We built the wall, created a strong economy, stood up to our adversaries, and promoted freedom at home and abroad, but the Biden Administration and their radical Democrat allies in Congress are dead-set on undoing that good work. As a U.S. Navy Reserve Officer, I am answering the call to service, and I will never back down from fighting for my country and the good people of Tennessee to stand for American greatness. I’m grateful to have President Trump’s support, and I look forward to earning your vote and standing with you to protect our conservative values.”
Trump’s said in an endorsement of Ortagus that he “couldn’t be happier because she’s an absolute warrior for America First and MAGA!”
“Morgan was fantastic in her role working with Secretary Mike Pompeo at the U.S. State Department and understands the threats posed by China, Russia, Iran and others, and will be tough, not just roll over like the Democrats and RINOs,” Trump added. “She serves in the U.S. Navy Reserves and will fight for our Military. She won’t bow to the Woke Mob or the Leftist LameStream Media.