Democratic Representative Cori Bush, currently under investigation by the Department of Justice, the Federal Election Commission, and the House Ethics Committee, has condemned comments by GOP Representative Troy Nehls.
Nehls had suggested that Bush wouldn’t need protection if she weren’t “so loud all the time.”
“But the idea to pay her thug, money to try to help protect her this and that, for what?” the Texas congressman said. “Maybe if she wouldn’t be so loud all the time, maybe she wouldn’t be getting threats,” Nehls added.
Cori Bush highlighted the racial undertones, stating:
“@RepTroyNehls 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.”
FEC records indicate payments to Merritts for security services, with the campaign defending the expenditures as permissible under FEC rules, per reports on the issue.
Despite facing criticism and investigations, Bush believes that right-wing groups are using the situation to “attack” her.