Democratic Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri, fresh off another anti-Israeli boycott , has reissued her go-to smear, this time targeting Republican House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (La.).
Scalise touted the successful passage of House Republicans' first fiscal 2024 spending bill Thursday, allocating funding for military construction projects, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and other agencies.
Roll Call indicated the $317.4 billion Military Construction-VA bill passed in a 219-211 vote, with Democrats united in opposition to the funding for veterans' initiatives.
Upon the bill's passage, Scalise announced that Friday votes would be canceled and that the August recess was to commence, meaning the $25.3 billion Agriculture bill would have to wait.
"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," said Scalise.
Some Democrats, upset over not getting their way, erupted in unceremonious fits of rage, Bush among them.
The Missouri Democrat screamed out, "Your bills are racist."
The outburst was met with boos and jeers.
Scalise, who has survived far more serious leftist attacks, looked to House Leader Kevin McCarthy to demand order.
Republican lawmakers subsequently sought to have Bush's words struck from the official record, reported The Hill.
After the shouting died down, Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass) — whose radical-leftist son Jared Dowell recently attacked a police officer after first reportedly vandalizing a historic monument — told Republican lawmakers, "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."
Bush later took to Twitter, writing , "I said what I said," with a shrugging emoji.
Bush has made a habit out of accusing people, places, and things of racism.
Last month, she said that Republicans' "war on woke" was racist, writing, "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. It's our communities that the GOP is targeting. We have to stand up for us."
In March, she accused congressional witness and fossil fuel advocate Alex Epstein of "espous[ing] white supremacist views."
During another congressional hearing concerning the environment, Bush claimed that oil executives who promote fossil fuels are a "striking example of white supremacy."
In January, Bush intimated that Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.), who is black, perpetuates "white supremacy," calling him a "prop."
Following the 2022 Dobbs ruling overturning Roe v. Wade , Bush referred to the court as a "far-right extremist" institution and suggested the ruling was "racist," even though abortion has claimed the lives of an estimated 20 million black babies in the U.S. since 1973.
The previous summer, she suggested that Republicans critical of critical race theory — which defines and damns people on the basis of their immutable characteristics — were "ok with racism."
Ahead of the 2020 election, she claimed that former President Donald Trump was "the current father of racism."
She has also claimed the death penalty, private prisons, the Jan. 6 riot, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the filibuster, Kyle Rittenhouse , Patricia and Mark McCloskey of St. Louis, and the whole American policing system are racist.
While many of her smears may have gone unanswered, Bush may be headed for a reckoning of a different sort.
The Washington Examiner reported that the right-leaning watchdog Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust and a super PAC, the Committee to Defeat the President, are now expanding on a prior ethics complaint against Bush.
The group previously alleged Bush had violated federal law in funneling $60,000 in campaign funds in 2022 to her husband, Cortney Merritts, for private security. On Wednesday, the group pressed the Federal Election Commission to take a look at how she allegedly paid her husband an additional $30,000 this year for "security services" and "wage expenses."
Dan Backer, a Republican campaign finance lawyer for the PAC, told the Examiner, "Bush has walked into a legal trap of her making. She’s either falsifying FEC reports that her husband illegally provided security services he’s not licensed to provide, or he did illegally provide them and she violated the law prohibiting paying for illegal things."
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