The scandals are piling up for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Squad,” with no end in sight.
One “Squad” member pushed the envelope too far.
And Ilhan Omar had a public meltdown after Merrick Garland opened this criminal investigation.
The Department of Justice opened a criminal investigation into Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO), a former Black Lives Matter activist and an outspoken supporter of defunding the police.
Bush, a member of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) “Squad,” is accused of misusing money from her campaign to pay her husband Cortney Merritts more than $100,000 to provide private security for her.
Merritts hasn’t been licensed to provide security in St. Louis, Missouri – the city Bush represents – since 2012.
Private security was the biggest campaign expense for Bush, which got her flagged by watchdog groups who raised concerns she was using it as a scheme to funnel money to her husband.
Bush claims that she needs a private security detail because of unnamed threats against her.
Coin for two
The “Defund the Police” activist had egg on her face when it was revealed she was paying two off-duty St. Louis police officers to work her security detail.
Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX), a former Texas sheriff, slammed Bush during an interview on CNN after the criminal investigation was announced.
“She doesn’t even support the police,” Nehls said. “But the idea to pay her thug money to try to help protect her this and that, for what? Maybe if she wouldn’t be so loud all the time, maybe she wouldn’t be getting threats.”
CNN host Melanie Zanona asked him if he was suggesting that Bush deserved the threats.
“No, what I’m saying is, is that when you’re out there talking the way she does,” Nehls remarked.
“She’s pretty radical and maybe she should tone it down a little bit.”
Nehls’ remarks created a firestorm among House Democrats and let them begin to play the race card.
Unsurprising allegation from Rep. Omar
Fellow “Squad” member, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) rushed to Bush’s defense and demanded that Nehls apologize for using a “racist trope.”
“The loud black woman trope is racist and tired. The Congressman should apologize and all members of Congress should condemn him. No one in our government deserves to be threatened regardless how loud they advocate for their positions and blaming the victim of harassment and threats can’t be condoned,” Omar wrote on social media.
Bush claimed that Nehls’ rhetoric “endangers Black lives”
“[Troy Nehls] just called my husband, a Black man and army veteran, a thug. And I’m the loud Black woman who needs to be silent in order to be safe from violence, or else? This is the kind of rhetoric that endangers Black lives. He must apologize,” Bush posted on X.
Nehls had no time for Bush trying to play the victim.
He demanded that she apologize to every member of law enforcement in the country.
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