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‘Is She High?’: Cori Bush Delivers ‘Unhinged Rant,’ Blames Congress For Slavery In Defense Of Rashida Tlaib
ST LOUIS, MISSOURI - MAY 8: Representative Cori Bush speaks during a press conference held by Just Majority on May 8, 2023 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images for Just Majority)
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Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) delivered an emotionally charged rant on the House floor on Tuesday, scolding her colleagues for their plan to censure Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) over her recent pro-Hamas, anti-Israel, and anti-Semitic comments.

Bush defended Tlaib, who was ultimately censured after sharing video of Michiganders chanting genocidal anti-Semitic slogans like “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” — and then accusing President Joe Biden of supporting “genocide” when he said that the United States would stand with Israel in the wake of the October 7th Hamas terror attacks.


Bush’s speech, delivered in a series of breathless bursts, began as a defense of Tlaib and quickly went sideways as she turned and condemned the very body she was addressing, claiming that Congress had “enslaved black people” and continued to yell even after her time expired and her mic was cut off.

Leading off with the race card, Bush claimed that Tlaib was only under fire because no one cared about or had empathy for people who “look like” her. “It’s outrageous that my colleagues are blatantly — blatantly — attempting to silence the only Palestinian American representative right here. It’s outrageous, but it’s not surprising.”

“Let me tell you, it’s not surprising because this place … is where 1,700 members … this elected body … enslaved black people,” she continued, and she began gasping for air to punctuate each point. “It’s not surprising, because they thought it was right.”

“It’s not surprising because this is the place … where members continue to claim that the insurrection … on the Capitol … just looked appeared to look … like a normal tourist visit, it’s not surprising … because this is the place … where our black and brown staff members repeatedly speak … of experiencing racism and sexism … islamophobia, get pushed off of elevators … xenophobia and more right here in this workplace,” she shouted. “This is the place.”

Bush tried to pivot back to Tlaib, claiming then that she “mourns” for the 1,400 people in Israel — most of them civilians and many women and children — who were slaughtered by Hamas terrorists on October 7th. But by the time she brought the topic back around to Tlaib, her time had expired. Still, she continued to shout after being told several times that she was no longer recognized and did not stop even when her mic was cut off.

A number of critics responded to Bush’s comments, referring to her defense of Tlaib as an “unhinged rant” and pointing out the obvious historical flaw in her claim: namely that Congress has never had 1700 members and voted in 1865 to abolish slavery.


Kenny Webster made the point, though he was slightly off on the date — that it was then President Abraham Lincoln whose Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves in 1863 and the vote to abolish the practice entirely came two years later: “Cori Bush: ‘this place is where 1700 members of Congress enslaved black people.’ Nope … There were never 1700 members of Congress but in 1863, 230 members of Congress freed the slaves. Is she high on drugs?”

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