The newest squad member Cori Bush was mercilessly booed by Republicans yesterday after she called for Donald Trump’s removal from office, labelling him the ‘white supremacist-in-chief’.
At his impeachment hearing, the racial justice activist and politician explained: “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 Democratic congresswoman went on to say: “The 117th Congress must understand that we have a mandate to legislate in defence of Black lives. The first step in that process is to root out white supremacy, starting with impeaching the white supremacist in chief.”
Yet as she rounded up her 30-second speech, Republicans in the chamber resoundingly booed her, prompting Bush to tweet: “What does it mean when they boo the Black congresswoman denouncing white supremacy?”
Social media users were quick to condemn the Republican Party, and its hypocrisy and ignorance.
Replying to the Congresswoman, one person wrote:“There are some HEAVY-duty double-standards reinforced in this country, including at its highest levels of government”.
Another added: “You did not deserve that! They're unbelievably rude, unprofessional and proud to be racist. I'm sorry that happened.”
Bush used to be a Black Lives Matter activist and community organiser, before she won office on 3 November as the first Black representative from Missouri.
Her speech was delivered one week after Republicans violently stormed the US Capitol, in an attempted coup to disrupt the official counting of the Electoral College results, with Trump telling his supporters “We love you. You’re very special.”
One user referred to the reverberating booing in the chamber as “everything ya need to know about the Republican party”, with its true identity being “a party for white supremacists” – pure and simple – adding that 40 per cent of Republicans allegedly want Trump to run for President again in 2024.
Someone else added: “It means they're hypocritical racist hacks. It also means they're threatened by a strong Black woman speaking truth. For some reason racists really hate being called out for being racists.”
Likewise, fellow Democrat congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez previously said Republicans “are willing to strike a match and light our whole democracy on fire so that they can uphold the social order of white supremacy. That’s what this is about. Straight up.”
Ain’t that the truth.