In a moment that caused conservative blood to boil, progressive Squad member Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) apologized to witnesses testifying in an anti-LGTBQ violence hearing before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday for having “to listen to white supremacy” during the tense proceedings — a disingenuous dig at her Republican colleagues, led by incoming committee chair Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.).
Survivors of the deadly Pulse Nightclub and Club Q shootings were on hand to testify, with some of the witnesses claiming conservative policies such as the falsely-dubbed “don’t say gay” law in Florida — which never said anything about the word “gay” and only sought to ban discussions of sex and gender fluidity from third-grade and below classrooms — were making gay, trans, and bisexual people feel less safe.
Republicans hit back, the Daily Mail reports, arguing that terrorists committed those murders at the gay nightclubs, not conservatives.
(Video: Daily Mail)
But Bush, who backed the movement to defund the police, failed to make the distinction and instead accused her Congressional colleagues of being bigots.
“Thank you madam chair for convening this important hearing, and let me say to the witnesses, thank you for your testimony,” Bush began. “Thank you for staying, and sorry you had to listen to white supremacy raise its ugly head, you know, throughout this hearing.”
“But we are here to fight it and so just want to make sure you know that the rise of hate and violence …. follows a surge of anti LGBTQ plus legislation driven by Republican state lawmakers including in my home state of Missouri,” she said.
Comer immediately reacted in an attempt to raise an objection to the divisive, slanderous statements.
“That … that, madam chair. I mean, my God,” he could be heard exclaiming.
When it was his turn to talk, Comer buried Bush in sarcasm.
“I’m not even gonna comment on what Ms. Bush said,” he stated.
“But I’ll say crime is gonna be a top priority for the Republicans on this committee in the next Congress,” he continued, “and perhaps Ms. Bush could come give us some pointers on how she’s reduced crime in St. Louis, since she’s been in Congress and what her ideas are to further reduce crime in St. Louis.
“But wait a minute,” he said. “St. Louis has one of the highest crime rates in America.”
Unlike Bush, Comer wasn’t being hyperbolic.
A November article from travellersworldwide.com cited data collected from more than 18,000 local law enforcement agencies and revealed that St. Louis “is one of the US’s least safe cities.”
“St. Louis residents have a 1 in 17 chance of becoming a victim of a property crime,” the outlet reported.
And in terms of violent crime, the city Bush represents endures “approximately 14 assaults per 100,000 people, more than five times the US average.”
On Twitter, Bush’s allegation of “white supremacy” fell flat.
“Further evidence that ‘white supremacy’ is now merely a term of rhetoric and doesn’t actually mean anything,” tweeted one user.
“The real racists are black Democrats,” stated another.
“Gotta make everything about her ethnicity,” noted yet another. “Soooo pathetic!!!!”
And a fourth called Bush and her ilk a “disgrace.”
“It’s always the same for some of these people,” the user tweeted. “Childish talking points for social media. They’re a disgrace.”
Further evidence that “white supremacy” is now merely a term of rhetoric and doesn’t actually mean anything.
— Sarcastic Monk (@sarc_monk) December 14, 2022
The real racists are black Democrats
— Retired Engineer (@RetiredMan59) December 15, 2022
Gotta make everything about her ethnicity. Soooo pathetic!!!!
— Gina VanCleave (@VancleaveGina) December 14, 2022
It’s always the same for some of these people. Childish talking points for social media. They’re a disgrace.
— Justin Benson (@JustinBenson13) December 14, 2022
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