Congressman threatened after suggesting Tea Partiers are racist

A congressman who recently disparaged Tea Party activists received a threat that was reported to federal authorities, a local television station reported Tuesday.

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) said last week, "The Tea Party people are kind of, without robes and hoods, they have really shown a very hardcore angry side of America that is against any type of diversity."

An individual claiming to be from the Tea Party movement e-mailed Cohen saying "If our tea parties had hoods, we would burn your ass on a cross on the White House lawn." 

The U.S. Capitol Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have been notified of the e-mail. 

Cohen's remarks came after several black members of Congress reportedly heard racial slurs shouted by Tea Party protesters on Capitol Hill the day of the healthcare vote.

According to ABC 29, members of a Memphis-area Tea Party group protested Cohen's remarks asking him to apologize for comparing the movement to the KKK.

But Cohen doubled down on his criticism.

“Some people in the movement in Washington spit, cursed and used the N-word,” said Rep. Cohen.

A spokesman for the Tea Party group told ABC 29 that he does not believe members of his group are responsible for the threat against Cohen

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