Pelosi hands freshman BLM activist a seat on powerful House committee

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has the art of sending messages down pat, which does not bode well for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.

On Friday, Pelosi unveiled committee assignments for the incoming freshman class and Rep.-elect Cori Bush, D-Mo., the first Black Lives Matter activist elected to serve in Congress, was handed a seat on the powerful House Judiciary Committee.

 

Bush is frequently touted as a new addition to “The Squad,” the group of four radical left Democratic lawmakers, with Ocasio-Cortez out in front.

While the selection may be seen as a boost to the progressive faction of the party, it equates to more pandering to the black community, which Democrats are famous for.

But the announced assignments also highlighted the snubbing of AOC for a coveted high profile committee spot.

Ocasio-Cortez lost a humiliating vote on Thursday by the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee 46-13, being passed over in favor of Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y.  for the coveted House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

The vote came the day after AOC said in an interview on the “The Intercept” podcast that it’s time for Speaker Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to go — while declaring she’s not quite ready yet to take the speaker’s gavel.

As for Bush’s political views, she represents just how poorly informed people being elected to Congress can be.

Backed by Justice Democrats, the left-wing group that helped elect Ocasio-Cortez to office, Bush defeated 10-term incumbent Rep. Lacy Clay in the primary, according to Fox News.

An ordained pastor, she became a civil rights activist after the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson.

In responding to her committee assignment, Bush proclaimed that she’ll use the seat to “affirm the dignity and humanity of Black and brown communities.”

But she also exposed just how ignorant her views are of the shooting in Ferguson.

“I ran for office on the promise of justice,” Bush said in a statement. “Justice for Black lives. Justice for Michael Brown Jr. and Breonna Taylor. Justice for every community held back by racist systems and oppression. Today, I am proud to have been named to a committee with the power to bring about justice for all.”

As for justice, the Justice Department determined that Brown was shot and killed by a police officer forced to defend himself after being violently attack by the teen, who had a 100 lb. advantage on the officer — an extensive investigation showed that Brown was charging at the officer when shot.

The DOJ was led by Eric Holder at the time, a black man who may be the most racist attorney general in U.S. history.

Pelosi also sent a show of support to the LGBTQ community, tapping New York Rep.-elect Mondaire Jones, reportedly the first openly gay Black men to serve in Congress, to join Bush on the House Judiciary Committee

Jones, who openly advocates for packing the Supreme Court, will fit in well with the radical left faction of the party, as seen in a series of tweets posted after assignments were announced.

“The far-right has spent decades on a hostile takeover of our federal courts,” Jones tweeted. “There is now a 6-3 hyper-partisan, conservative majority on the Supreme Court that favors big business over working people, and seeks to undermine our democracy. We must expand the Court.”

Life in post-Obama America will never be the same, it would appear.

Tom Tillison

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