Although President Trump didn’t publicly acknowledge it, Cori Bush won her primary in Missouri’s 1st district and in doing so, must have angered him, bigly. Another progressive activist woman of color will be heading to Congress. A BLM activist on top of it.
One of the original Justice Democrats candidates in 2018. Bush had lost to long time incumbent William Lacy Clay but came back this year to defeat him by three points. Bush adds to the growing number of progressive candidates defeating long time establishment types over the last couple years.
Bush became an activist leader in Ferguson back in 2014 following the deadly police shooting of Michael Brown. The Justice Democrats group praised her win as a “Black Lives Matter organizer” defeating a “corporate-backed political dynasty.”
“We’ve been called radicals, terrorists, we’ve been dismissed as an impossible fringe movement — that’s what they called us,” Bush said in her victory speech. “But now, we are a multiracial, multi-ethnic, multi-generational, mass movement united in demanding change, in demanding accountability, in demanding that our police, our government, our country recognize that Black lives do, indeed, matter.”
In her successful 2020 election bid, Bush’s genuineness was seen by a lot more voters. It is the same authenticity combined with progressive activism that gave rise to the successes of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley. The Squad.
The Squad, in case you didn’t know, is comprised of progressive working-class women of color who were all elected to congress in 2018. They have since been demonized by both Democrats and Republicans for being too far to the left. In reality, they aren’t so much left as they are anti-establishment. They support the ideas that wealthy politicians refuse to get behind. Things like Medicare for all, a Green New Deal, cancelling student debt and a higher minimum wage.
While elitist Nancy Pelosi and the Squad have obviously had their differences, Republicans have used the Squad as target practice in order to shore up their base. Trump went so far as to tweet that they should go back to the “corrupt and inept” countries they came from. Ironically three of the four were born in the United States and all four are American citizens.
Whether or not Bush gets lumped in with this group of frisky female freshmen by the media remains to be seen, but she certain fits the bill. Cori Bush is a fighter. Not just with words, but with action. Her type of aggressive activism was deeply lacking in the Democratic Party up until the Squad came around. Now they have one more.
When you follow up 2018 with the likes of Cori Bush, Jamaal Bowman and others that are slowly taking over the House of Representatives, the United States itself is making progress. Who will be next?