Earlier this week, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) tweeted out two flirty messages to singer Cyndi Lauper, then deleted them. The messages made clear the Congressman’s true feelings: he thought Lauper was “hot,” thanked her for their “special night” of Memphis soul, and said he’d see her “next Tuesday.” He also has another tweet on his record about Lauper from January.
Those tweets followed hard on a mini-Twitter scandal in which the Congressman tweeted at a 24-year-old bathing suit model in Texas. It turned out he wasn’t flirting with her – she was his illegitimate daughter.
Faced with the evidence of his Lauper tweets, Cohen presented the weakest defense for bad tweeting of all time: it was all a big prank on the media. He told NBC News that he wanted to “punk” the media, and that “tweet and delete” is designed to get media attention. He added that he had “waited for 2 months to trick the press corps after what they did to my family.”
Great prank, Steve. Next time, perhaps Cohen can try tweeting, then deleting, pictures of his genitalia. Worked great for Anthony Weiner.
Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013).