NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – “You have to call it a political earthquake, one of the most historical elections in history.”
Those are the words of U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN), who was re-elected to continue representing District 5 on Election Day.
News 2 asked him about the shock of this election as Donald Trump was vote to become the next president and what he thinks people need to keep in mind moving forward.
Cooper said he questions Donald’s Trump’s party affiliation and even mentions Governor Bill Haslam’s previous stance on the president-elect.
“Is he even really a republican? Because our republican governor never even really endorsed him. The previous republican president didn’t even vote for him,” he noted. “This is a shocking thing. It’s almost a hostile takeover of the Republican Party by a complete outsider.”
Cooper continued, “Now, I’m not saying he’s a bad person, but we really don’t know what his agenda’s going to do. Is he going to build a wall? Is he going to kick all the Muslims out of the country? You know, these are strange things he’s talked about in wild terms during the campaign.”
The state representative went on the call the election “a political earthquake, one of the most historical elections in history.”
“Some people are even comparing it to the Andrew Jackson election, way back in the 1800s,” Cooper said.
He noted that we still know little about Trump, who has never held office.
“We have a lot of tweets; we have a lot of sound bites. I hope and pray he does good things, but new presidents only get the first 100, 200 days to get their agenda through,” Cooper said.
He told News 2 he thinks civility has never more important than it is right now, saying, “I’ve always been able to get along with most everybody, but there’s never been a campaign like this one, so many people were insulted and so many people felt threatened, and this is different than anything we’ve ever experienced before.”
Cooper says now that republicans control the White House, as well as Congress, he hopes the party doesn’t’ abuse that power.
He also told News 2 he is committed to working with members of the GOP.
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