Cori Bush, a Democratic representative from Missouri, yelled at Republicans on the House floor while Majority Leader representative Steve Scalise gave a speech supporting the GOP appropriation bills.
The House floor before the August recess
The heated argument came days before the recess, and with high tensions, as Scalise was on the House floor, Bush yelled, “Your bills are racist!” She took to X to confirm that she has no regrets, as Bush wrote, “I said what I said.”
The House is out of order
Scalise managed to say, “We could stay here and watch you vote against every single other appropriations bill. We’re going to continue negotiations during the August recess to make sure we get back to funding the priorities of the nation.” GOP representative called out Democrats for voting against appropriations measures for the Department of Veterans Affairs, military construction, etc.
Katherine Clark took the House floor
“We hope that you will say no to extremism, to hatred, to bigotry, that is put into these appropriations bills, and say yes to solutions and fairness for the American people,” said Democratic representative from Massachusets Katherine Clark.
She continued, “Mr. Leader, we are gonna continue to stand in this country for some basic principles that we are sent here for the American people, that we are sent here to defend their freedom, that we are sent here to grow an economy that isn’t just for the wealthy and well-connected, but is for the American family.”
Bush is outspoken
Previously, the Democratic representative made headlines for her speech on what “woke” really means. She said, “When you say I’m ‘anti-woke’ when you talk about wokeness, you’re saying I’m anti-black, and I don’t want black people to speak up for themselves. I don’t want equality and justice for black folks.”
Bush gave a lesson in “wokeism”
The representative continued, “I say to those who say, ‘Wokeness, wokeness, wokeness’ who are anti-woke that this is not wokeness what we talked about in her.”
No more oppression
Bush continued, “And you should be on the side of folks who say they are woke because we are saying no more oppression against our community.”
Straight to the point
Missouri representative concluded, “So whatever else is being thrown around, unless you are saying, ‘I’m racist. I’m white supremacist, and I’m bigoted,’ stop talking about wokeness, and you can’t tell me that I’m wrong because I’m from the very movement where this came about. Don’t let a fascist tell you what being woke means.”
She confirmed her views on X
On X, formerly Twitter, the fiery Democrat wrote, “As Democrats, we’ve got to push back on the GOP’s ‘war on woke.’ We know it’s rooted in anti-Blackness. We cannot sit idly by as these folks get in front of cameras and yell, ‘Woke,’ at everything.”
Allegations against GOP
Bush added, “It’s our communities that the GOP is targeting. We have to stand up for us.”
“Woke” is an African-American term
Huddie Ledbetter used “woke” to describe being a Black person traveling through (then) a profoundly racist state such as Alabama in his song “Scottsboro Boys,” recorded in the 1930s.
The term began to be recognized as “alert to racial or social discrimination and injustice.”
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