Newly elected representative goes viral for sharing the struggle of being a 'working class' member of Congress

Isobel van Hagen
Monday 16 November 2020 15:45
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Strutting to Beyonce’s 'Run the World (Girls)', newly-elected congresswoman Cori Bush showed off thrifted outfits for her new job in a viral clip.

Bush, recently elected to represent Missouri's 1st congressional district, is a progressive community leader and Black Lives Matter activist. She also identifies as working class.

“Most members of Congress aren’t working class. So when a regular person like me runs, it’s hard to handle everything from how much it costs to run, down to the clothes I’ll need to wear at work,” she wrote last week to accompany the video, which currently has over 120 thousand views and 15 thousand likes.

Bush, 44, has worked to make her candidacy representative of all of her constituents: "As the first Black woman and also the first nurse and single mother to have the honour to represent Missouri in the United States Congress, let me say this: To the Black women, the Black girls, the nurses, the essential workers, the single mothers, this is our moment," she said in a speech on Election Night.

Because the “reality of being a regular person going to Congress is that it’s really expensive to get business clothes”, she continued this trend, showing off multiple new jackets that she picked up from second-hand stores.

She also gave a shout out to “The Squad” – other progressive women in Congress – saying, “I can’t reveal my whole outfits – gotta save some surprises for January. So grateful for my siSTARS”.

People across Twitter loved her openness and authenticity, calling it a “breath of fresh air”.

“I absolutely love that you are doing this! It's great for women, all women, to see that anything is possible,” one person wrote. “Can't wait to see what that first State of the Union 'fit will be!” another said.

Others thanked her for bringing attention to the “pink tax” (the extra amount that women pay for everyday products and clothing): “The #PinkTax, and the fact working class folks entering arenas not usually available to us, requires us to have more money. Which is hard when we live paycheck to paycheck.”

“MORE OF THIS. Let’s normalize a Congress made up of working/middles class folks. A government of rich people ain’t getting it done,” another fan wrote.

Safe to say, the people love a down-to-earth – and stylish – congresswoman.

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