Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) is answering to serious backlash following her response to a riot this past Saturday at a jail in downtown St. Louis.
Incarcerated people in the jail rioted over a variety of issues, resulting in setting fires, breaking windows, and throwing wreckage onto the street below. For nearly eight hours corrections officers reigned in the “extremely violent” disorder in the jail.
“Even though our automated P.A. system would indicate that the cells are locked, they are in fact not locked and so other detainees were able to get out of their cells and into the unit,” St. Louis Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards said to KDSK.
Corrections officers were forced to use tear gas to take back control before having all 115 inmates participating in the riot safely constrained.
This was the third time in a few short weeks mayhem like this erupted at the jail.
However, the congresswoman from Missouri posted a tweet with an unflinching proclamation of support for the violent agitators, telling her followers she would try to address their complaints, some of which involve safety concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I want to talk to my constituents in the window,” Bush posted, alluding to the inmates. “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.”
An out of context quote from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that Bush featured in her controversial tweet also caught the eye of some concerned people: “A riot is the language of the unheard.”
There were even some who flatly said they agreed with Bush’s stance.
Others pointed out that her words on violent rioting were of a starkly different tone after the chaos at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 following a Trump rally. Bush quickly stated that “our country deserves better” after making claims that President Donald Trump was inciting the violence.
“I’m in the Capitol. I’m safe, and my team and I are sheltering in place,” Bush posted.
“The President of the United States has incited a riot that has now stormed the Capitol. There are rioters roaming the halls of the Capitol. I saw them with my own eyes.”
Adding, “Our country deserves better.”
While the siege of the Capitol has been condemned by most people on both the left and the right, many blasted Bush for being so forgiving and gracious in the wake of a St. Louis prison riot.
“I think that argument fell out of favor about 32 days ago …,” Will Truman of the Ordinary Times reacted to Bush’s comments on Twitter, making the equivalence to the violence at the Capitol.
“Exactly a month ago you were saying riots were dangerous and a threat to democracy,” another user pointed out the congresswoman’s nearsightedness. “Good to know that riots are OK now.”
Bush wasn’t alone, as her squad comrade, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, once tweeted in support of the riots by Antifa and Black Lives Matter, saying:
“The whole point of protesting is to make ppl uncomfortable.
“Activists take that discomfort w/ the status quo & advocate for concrete policy changes. Popular support often starts small & grows.”
AOC went on to say, “To folks who complain protest demands make others uncomfortable… that’s the point.”
However, her tune soon changed when the protestors at Capitol Hill made her uncomfortable, claiming that she feared for her life.
It was since uncovered that AOC was in no danger during the riots at the Capitol, and was safely inside an office building having never encountered a protester on Jan. 6, according to reports. Her exaggeration caused countless memes and “Alexandria Ocasio-Smollett” to trend on Twitter.