Newly sworn-in Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) referred to President Trump as the “white supremacist in chief” in her remarks on the House floor on Wednesday as the lower chamber prepares to impeach the president for a second time.
The Democratic congresswoman was loudly booed by her Republican colleagues as she attacked the outgoing president during his impeachment hearing in the House of Representatives.
“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,” she said.
“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.”
Bush is the first Black representative from Missouri and before entering politics was a prominent Black Lives Matter activist and community organizer.
Rep. Cori Bush: "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." (Republicans boo) pic.twitter.com/fq2KcB7yPb
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 13, 2021
A string of Republicans then went on to compare the Trump riot to Black Lives Matter protests that took place last year.
Shortly after her floor speech, Bush tweeted: “What does it mean when they boo the Black congresswoman denouncing white supremacy?”
It should of been a standing ovation across the room.
— Benji Tha Prodigal PK (@BenjaminDiCosta) January 13, 2021