Far-left “Squad” member Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) is facing a wave of backlash after claiming “white supremacists” shot at her during the Black Lives Matter riots in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014.
“When we marched in Ferguson, white supremacists would hide behind a hill near where Michael Brown Jr. was murdered and shoot at us,” the Democrat claimed Monday. “They never faced consequences.”
Bush suggested that, if Kyle Rittenhouse is acquitted, it will send the message that white supremacists “can get away with it”:
When we marched in Ferguson, white supremacists would hide behind a hill near where Michael Brown Jr. was murdered and shoot at us.
They never faced consequences.
If Kyle Rittenhouse gets acquitted, it tells them that even 7 years later they still can get away with it.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) November 15, 2021
Despite the weighty assertion, there does not appear to be an official record of the alleged incident vaguely detailed by Bush.
Ferguson Police Chief Frank McCall Jr. said he was not aware of any such activities occurring at the time, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
“None that I’m aware of,” he said.
Bush’s office has not backed down from the allegations, however.
“While on the frontlines of the Ferguson Uprising, Congresswoman Bush and other activists were shot at by white supremacist vigilantes,” a spokesperson for the congresswoman said.
“The question we need to ask is why white supremacists feel empowered to open-carry rifles, incite violence, and put black lives at risk across our country,” the spokesperson added, offering no evidence of the alleged incident.
However, some in attendance have attempted to back Bush’s weighty claim.
“This is FACTS!” activist Ohun Ashe said of the lawmaker’s assertion. “I vividly remember hiding under porches in Canfield as shots were fired at us. No one came to help us. We would come from under porches using cars as shields in between gun shots to make it out”:
This is FACTS! I vividly remember hiding under porches in Canfield as shots were fired at us. No one came to help us. We would come from under porches using cars as shields in between gun shots to make it out. https://t.co/dqmrcZznXB
— Ohun Ashe 🌻🌼🌞 (@Ohun_Ashe) November 15, 2021
Across the board, however, Bush’s assertion drew a wave of doubts.
“This is false and ignominious. Your colleagues should condemn you. Jeffrey Williams was arrested, charged & convicted for that shooting during the protest/riots. He was aiming at police & shot two officers,” journalist Andy Ngo, who has ample experience with far-left rioters, said as others jumped in doubting her claims:
This is false and ignominious. Your colleagues should condemn you. Jeffrey Williams was arrested, charged & convicted for that shooting during the protest/riots. He was aiming at police & shot two officers. pic.twitter.com/qIx0qsxcyX
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) November 15, 2021
Did they look like this? pic.twitter.com/JNQ06sEeXd
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) November 15, 2021
This 100 percent never happened
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) November 15, 2021
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) November 15, 2021
i’ll take “things that didn’t happen” for $6969.
— Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) November 15, 2021
This is completely false. There isn’t even a hill where he was shot. Just apartment buildings. I was a reporter on assignment in Ferguson during some of the riots. This NEVER happened.
— Melanie Moon (@Moon_Melanie) November 16, 2021
Liar. Never happened.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) November 15, 2021
I too like to make up stories
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) November 15, 2021
Wow. The shooter was shooting at cops. Precisely the opposite of what she’s saying. https://t.co/2rktJS1Ybr
— Ron Bassilian (@Ron4California) November 15, 2021
This is 100% pants on fire rating from @PolitiFact worthy
— Chris Manning (@Manning4USCong) November 15, 2021
Bush’s assertion comes as the country awaits the jury’s verdict in the murder trial of 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse.