Rep. Cori Bush made quite a still on social media Monday when she tweeted that white supremacists hid behind a hill while she and others marched in Ferguson to protest the killing of Michael Brown and shot at them, but never faced consequences. Her point seemed to be that if Kyle Rittenhouse were acquitted, it would be a green light for white supremacists to shoot people.
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
A lot of people on Twitter questioned the story, but the media seemed to ignore it.
So it's 2 days later.
— AG (@AGHamilton29) November 18, 2021
It looks like someone at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch made an attempt to get to the bottom of the story.
"Squad" member @CoriBush said "white supremacists" shot at Ferguson protesters.
But Ferguson police say they have no idea what she's talking about.
— Washington Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) November 18, 2021
TBH, neither does she.
— Elwood P. Dowd (@ThomasDestry) November 18, 2021
Collin Anderson writes for the Washington Free Beacon:
Bush, a Democratic Missouri congresswoman and defund-the-police activist, on Monday said, “When we marched in Ferguson, white supremacists would hide behind a hill near where Michael Brown Jr. was murdered and shoot at us,” adding the alleged shooters “never faced consequences.” According to Ferguson police chief Frank McCall, however, there is no record of such an incident.
“Not that I’m aware of,” McCall, the city’s fourth black police chief, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Bush, who did not return a request for comment, defended her claim, with her campaign telling the Post-Dispatch, “While on the frontlines of the Ferguson Uprising, Congresswoman Bush and other activists were shot at by white supremacist vigilantes.”
So Bush didn’t comment, but her campaign verified that white supremacist vigilantes shot at them.
Never let the truth get in the way of a narrative.
— GeorgeStanleyRobinson (@MARS_IS_FREE) November 18, 2021
I'm beginning to think Cori Bush and Joy Reid have a bet.
— Gibbs Calhoun (@GibbsCalhoun) November 18, 2021
No one will hold her accountable
— Marquette_g (@Marquette_g) November 18, 2021
That’s because @CoriBush is full of crap, and an instigator.
— The Low Funk G (@lowfunkg) November 18, 2021
How many rounds did these white supremacist vigilantes shoot? Did people run for cover or just keep marching? No one filed a report with the police?
Rep. Cori Bush remembers marching in Ferguson where the white supremacists who shot at her faced no consequences https://t.co/pLoLRMVUUO
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) November 15, 2021