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Amid the ongoing conflict in Israel, “Squad” member and Missouri Rep. Cori Bush delivered a controversial House floor speech in defense of the Palestinians on Thursday.
During that speech, she paid homage to Bassem Masri, a deceased far-left Palestinian and Black Lives Matter activist who rose to some fame amid the Ferguson riots in 2014. But in paying homage to him, she both told numerous lies and also sugarcoated his past.
“St. Louis and I rise today in solidarity with the Palestinian people and in memory of our brother, Bassem Masri, a Ferguson activist who was with us on the front lines of our uprising for justice following the police murder of Michael Brown Jr. Bassem was a St. Louis Palestinian. Bassem also lived in Jerusalem, Palestine,” she began.
Fact-check: Deceased criminal suspect Michael Brown was justifiably fatally shot by police after he strong-arm robbed an immigrant convenience store owner and then attacked the officer who’d been dispatched to apprehend him. There is also no place known as “Palestine,” and Jerusalem exists in the nation of Israel.
As of Saturday morning, not a single mainstream media outlet in America — including CNN, which loves to “fact-check” Republicans — had fact-checked the Democrat lawmaker’s lies.
Listen to Bush’s false claims below:
The fight for Black lives and the fight for Palestinian liberation are interconnected.
We oppose our money going to fund militarized policing, occupation, and systems of violent oppression and trauma.
We are anti-war. We are anti-occupation. And we are anti-apartheid. Period. pic.twitter.com/DO42FEre0W
— Congresswoman Cori Bush (@RepCori) May 13, 2021
“Bassem was one of us. He showed up ready. As a Palestinian, he was ready to resist, to rebel, to rise up with us as our St. Louis community mourned Mike Brown Jr.’s state-sanctioned murder, and as we demanded an end to the militarized police occupation of our communities,” she continued.
“Palestinians know what state violence, militarized policing and occupation of their communities looks like, and they’ve lived that reality of having to go through checkpoints while trying to live their lives. they know this reality,” Bush added.
The rest of the speech continued along this path, with her equating the grievances of the Black Lives Matter movement with the grievances of Palestinians.
Not included in her diatribe was a single mention of Masri’s disturbing past. During the Ferguson riots, he was captured on cell phone footage telling a couple of local police officers that he was praying for their deaths.
“I’m praying for your death and your death and your death and your death,” he said as he pointed to one cop after another, as reported at the time by St. Louis station KTVI.
Around that same time, he posted the following tweet promoting the murder of cops (archived copy here):
Pigs In a Blanket Fry Em Like Baconnnn #Ferguson
— Bassem Masri (@bassem_masri) December 20, 2014
The number of police officers killed in the line of duty spiked that year.
“The number of police officers feloniously killed in the line of duty spiked to 51 in 2014, up almost 89% from the 27 cops who were killed in 2013,” MSNBC of all outlets confirmed in mid-2015.
The man was so radical that even CNN’s Brian Stelter, a known defender of left-wing causes and figures, came at him.
During an interview with Masri in November of 2014, Stelter specifically came at Masri for having tried to intimidate one of the network’s field correspondents.
Days earlier, Masri and his crew had shouted down correspondent Sarah Sidner as she was trying to provide an update from the scene, with Masri at one point accusing CNN of being run by “Zionists.”
Masri eventually died in 2018 from a fentanyl overdose, according to Rolling Stone magazine.
Toward the end of Bush’s speech, she delivered one final tribute to the radical activist.
“So today we remember Bassem, we remember his resistance in the face of militarized police occupation as a St. Louis Palestinian. We lost him to a health crisis, but we remember his words today. Until all our children are safe, we will continue to fight for our rights in Palestine and in Ferguson,” she said.
It’s not clear if she also remembered his virulently anti-cop rhetoric.
William A. Jacobson, a Cornell Law School professor and the creator of Legal Insurrection, wasn’t pleased by her rhetoric, saying “Cori Bush devoted her speech on the floor of the House not only to bashing Israel, but to praising an activist who wished death and harm on the police.”
“You may not have realized who Bush was praising, but she certainly understood,” he wrote.
It’s not the first time she’s sided with the bad guys. In a tweet posted in January, she slammed the Trump administration for allowing the death sentence to be applied to 13 hardcore criminals responsible for the murders of a combined 32 people.
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