News Analysis Jan 7, 2021 7:10 PM EST

Dem rep trying to remove GOP members from house celebrated violent riots all summer

Bush, who came to prominence after the riots in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014 the wake of Michael Brown's death, advocated for "revolution" during the riotous summer of 2020.

Dem rep trying to remove GOP members from house celebrated violent riots all summer
Libby Emmons Brooklyn, NY
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House Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) has plans to introduce a resolution that would remove democratically elected leaders from Congress. Those who challenged the certification of the Electoral College vote have no place in the House, according to Bush, though they themselves were democratically elected.

Bush wrote: "I believe the Republican members of Congress who have incited this domestic terror attack through their attempts to overturn the election must face consequences. They have broken their sacred Oath of Office. I will be introducing a resolution calling for their expulsion."

Bush's plan comes in response to the violence in the nations capital on Wednesday, when supporters of President Trump stormed the Capitol building, disrupted Congress, and were fired upon by Capitol Police. One woman from California, Ashli Babbit, a Trump supporter, was killed.

Bush, who came to prominence after the riots in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014, during the wake of Michael Brown's death, advocated for "revolution" during the riotous summer of 2020.

Of the action this summer, Bush said: "What we saw this time here in 2020, we saw young folks out. The number of young folks that were out on the street from every walk of life, every color, every background, every religious belief, or no belief at all. All of us were out there together and fierce—fighting. That's what we needed to see, and hopefully the world woke up. We'll see."

In August, she said that her time in Congress would be as a "politivist," meaning that "if something happens" in her district, she would return to "march with [her] people, and [she'll] get in the street." The actions of Rep. Josh Hawley and the other House GOP who were opposed to the certification undoubtedly feel that they are representing their constituents in political action in exactly the way that Bush feels she would be repping hers.

In September, Bush claimed that "Violence is not an aberration—it comes from decades of underfunding & over policing that devastate our communities."

Bush advocated for political action at any cost.

She said "Take a moment to learn the difference between 'peaceful' and 'non-violent.' There is no such thing as “peaceful” protest. Protests are *supposed* to be disruptive, even as we remain steadfastly committed to non-violence."

Bush also claimed that "Any violence brought upon protestors from law enforcement is 100% premeditated and intentional."

While the vote to certify the results was disrupted, it continued later on Wednesday evening. Over 140 of the House GOP had initially claimed that they would vote against the result, but in the end it was closer to 120 who opposed.

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