Far-left Congresswoman Cori Bush (D-MO), a member of the ‘Squad,’ appeared to defend a prison riot that broke out at the downtown St. Louis Justice Center over the weekend.
In a tweet Bush posted on Saturday, she quoted the late Dr. Martin Luther King saying “A riot is the language of the unheard.”
Bush went on to say that she and her team are working to “ensure that the needs of people who are incarcerated are not ignored.”
The freshman Congresswoman also put a more in-depth statement on her Congressional page where she talked about the positivity rates and testing for COVID-19 among those incarcerated.
But it was her apparent support for the riot that broke out on Saturday that became front and center.
“A riot is the language of the unheard.” – Dr. MLK Jr.
I want to talk to my constituents in the window. Their lives and their rights must be protected.
My team and I are working to ensure that the urgent needs of people who are incarcerated are not ignored. https://t.co/wMq8ecyLQ2
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) February 7, 2021
Trouble At The City Jail
According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, roughly 115 inmates at the Justice Center jimmied already-faulty lock systems and freed themselves from cells.
The fourth floor of the building was taken over as inmates set fires, clogged drains, broke windows, and threw furniture down onto the sidewalk.
While no inmates were reported to have been injured, one corrections officer who was attacked by inmates is recovering from injuries. Mayor Lyda Krewson says damage totals are “way into the thousands of dollars.”
— St. Louis Post-Dispatch (@stltoday) February 6, 2021
Bush’s Position On Riots – It’s Complicated
Bush’s comments that seemed to support, or at least justify, the riot drew rebuke and questions.
The National Republican Congressional Committee wondered aloud if any of Bush’s fellow Democrats would also justify the riot at the St. Louis City Jail.
.@CoriBush spent her weekend praising violent felons who injured a prison guard.
Will any of her fellow Democrats disavow Bush's dangerous rhetoric? https://t.co/ns7je54qU8
— NRCC (@NRCC) February 8, 2021
The Daily Caller covered Seattle conservative radio host Jason Rantz, who called Bush a “total failure” and said to Fox News’s Harris Faulkner, “Well, I can look at it and say that Cori Bush is a total fraud unless suddenly she’s decided to change her position on impeachment.”
Rantz was referring to President Trump, who was impeached for allegedly inciting the Capitol riot on January 6th.
Bush voted to impeach Trump, with the official charge in the article of impeachment reading, “Donald John Trump engaged in high Crimes and Misdemeanors by inciting violence against the Government of the United States.”
— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) February 8, 2021
Are Riots Good Or Bad?
Just a little over a month ago however, Congresswoman Bush was singing a very different tune when it came to the subject of riots.
In a report from ‘The Hill”, Bush claimed that, “had the rioters that stormed the Capitol earlier in the day been black, they would have been shot.”
The only person shot on January 6th was a white woman, unarmed Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt, who was shot by Capitol Police.
My team and I are safe. I am in disbelief. I can’t believe domestic terrorists are roaming around inside the Capitol.
I’m remembering being brutalized and treated like a domestic terrorist just for protesting to keep my people alive.
St. Louis: you’re in my heart right now.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) January 6, 2021
In another report from CNN, Bush called former President Donald Trump the “white supremacist in chief” and described the storming of the Capitol, “a white supremacist insurrection.”
“Madam Speaker, St. Louis and I rise in support of the article of impeachment against Donald J Trump. If we fail to remove a White supremacist President who incited a white supremacist insurrection, it’s communities like Missouri’s First District that suffer the most,”
While Bush was careful to use the term “insurrection” instead of “riot,” Twitter users were quick to wonder where exactly the Squad member stood on riots.
Major yikes. Are you back to supporting violence again already?
— Patrick (@PMC713) February 7, 2021
Aren’t they just thugs like the Capitol rioters ? Or were the Capitol rioters the “unheard” also? Which way do you want it ?
— Foleybräu (@foleybrewing) February 7, 2021
So what happened on Jan. 6th was the language of the unheard? Im glad we can agree
— Dylan Norris-Hinkle (@DNorrisHinkle) February 7, 2021
“A riot is the language of the unheard, as long as it goes with my narrative” -Cori Bush
— Billy Bolton (@BillyGBolton) February 7, 2021
So riots are back on the menu?
— Faye Hausendorff (@FayeH321) February 7, 2021
All riots are equal but some riots are more equal than others. In @CoriBush ‘s world, Animal Farm is an instruction guide.
— zulupapaquebec (@zulupapaquebec) February 7, 2021
One user finished Martin Luther King’s quote for Bush, pointing out that the august Reverend opposed wanton violence:
“Riots are socially destructive and self-defeating… So I will continue to condemn riots, and continue to say to my brothers and sisters that this is not the way. And continue to affirm that there is another way.”
Dr. MLK Jr.
(in the same speech Cori Bush is quoting)
— Boomieleaks (@Boomieleaks) February 7, 2021
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has come under fire from the media and the left and was recently removed from her Congressional committees, wondered where Bush stood on riots:
You support riots @CoriBush?
According to the link, “Everybody housed at the Justice Center is housed there because of very serious offenses like assault on police officers and homicide and things of that sort.”
— Marjorie Taylor Greene (@mtgreenee) February 7, 2021
Many Bush defenders were quick to differentiate between “riot” and “insurrection.”
Dictionary.com defines riot as “a noisy, violent public disorder caused by a group or crowd of persons, as by a crowd protesting against another group, a government policy, etc., in the streets.”
They define insurrection as “an act or instance of rising in revolt, rebellion, or resistance against civil authority or an established government.”
A Google search for “Capitol riot” returns 229,000,000 results, with news outlets TIME, NBC, CNN, New York Times, CBS, and USA Today describing the event as such.
When speaking to the local NBC affiliate immediately following the Capitol Hill riot, Bush describe those storming the Capitol as “not protesters, not demonstrators, that was violence happening in our Capitol.”
Based on that, it seems fair to wonder where exactly Bush stands on riots.
Apparently, Congresswoman Bush has learned the art of Washington D.C. Democrat double standards quickly.
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