The new representative introduced an important resolution calling for expelling her associates for trying to overthrow the 2020 presidential election. Cori Bush (D-MO) must have really hit a nerve, because the Republicans handed her the biggest boos of the day. The new Democratic representative was criticizing Donald Trump. No surprise there, but booing? Did any of these Republicans graduate from middle school?
Tuesday, she came down hard on House Republicans who were ignoring the new metal detectors or criticizing them outright.
Bush is a remarkable new addition to the Democrats’ House. She is the first Black representative from Missouri and the first registered nurse. She just left a career as a prominent Black Lives Matter (BLM) activist and like President Barack Obama, a community organizer.
Newly sworn-in, Bush referred to President Trump as the “white supremacist-in-chief” in her remarks on the House floor on Wednesday.
So how does she handle racial bias? One of her coping mechanisms is to “shrug it off and laugh.” That was how she handled gun-toting attorney Mark McCloskey from St. Louis calling her a “Marxist revolutionary” during the Republican Convention. The New Yorker wrote:
‘If they couldn’t scare me in the scariest time, which was Ferguson before everybody started to get used to protests, when all of that was new, am I bothered by what they’ll try to do to me now? Not at all.’
She said in an interview with The Independent there was “implicit bias:”
‘Take out the king (Trump), and people adapt to the next person. New sheriff in town. We have to do the work.’
She was critical of the people sitting in the House of Representatives:
‘They’re not looking at this as a job. This is like their plaything. Like their big daddy does. Like a TV show. Well, we’re bringing you back.’
The St. Louis representative could not believe her coworkers’ attitude toward mandated screening for entry to the House floor. Bush said:
‘The uniform or you’re not working today. Wherever you are, if you’re told this is what you have to do, this is what you have to do, or you’re not working. I don’t know, have they ever had a job before?’
The House security installed metal detectors less than a week after the deadly riots.
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise told CNN he did not like them. He and others attempted all sorts of ways to avoid them.
Bush responded to him, saying:
‘Do you rush through and not go through the metal detectors when you’re trying to get on a plane? Like, that’s a bunch of bullcrap.’
The new representative appeared on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes. During her appearance, she noted how surprised she was at Republican legislators who broke the enhanced security rules:
‘First of all, we’re talking about your job. Let’s just look at it from the most basic level. If you work at McDonald’s, you have to wear the uniform or you’re not working today. Wherever you are, if you’re told this is what you have to do, this is what you have to do, or you’re not working.’
‘If we fail to remove a white supremacist president, who incited a white supremacist insurrection, it’s communities like Missouri’s 1st District that suffer the most.
‘The 117th Congress must understand that we have a mandate to legislate in defence (sic) of Black lives.
‘The first step in that process is to root out white supremacy starting with impeaching the white sremacist-in-chief.’
Shortly after her floor speech, Bush tweeted:
‘What does it mean when they boo the Black congresswoman denouncing white supremacy?’
One after another, the Republicans compared the angry mob motivated by Donald Trump to the Black Lives Matter protests from last year. She said that if they “want a bye” for this job’s requirement, then “go find another one (job):”
‘.@CoriBush to her colleagues in Congress who refused to go through metal detectors: “If they want a bye for the simple things this job calls for, then go find another one.” pic.twitter.com/WyxZRth8vd
— All In with Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) January 13, 2021’
.@CoriBush to her colleagues in Congress who refused to go through metal detectors:
“If they want a bye for the simple things this job calls for, then go find another one.” pic.twitter.com/WyxZRth8vd
— All In with Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) January 13, 2021
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