Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) “Squad” is facing a growing list of serious scandals.
And one “Squad” member has now pushed the scandal scale too far for even the Biden administration.
Joe Biden’s Department of Justice has opened a criminal investigation into Congresswoman Cori Bush (D-MO), a “Squad” member, former Black Lives Matter activist, and an outspoken advocate of defunding the police.
Bush is accused of misusing campaign money to pay her husband Cortney Merritts more than $100,000 to provide “private security” for her.
But Merritts hasn’t been licensed to provide security in St. Louis, Missouri – the city Bush represents – in more than ten years.
Despite that, private security payments to her husband was the biggest campaign expense for Bush.
This got her flagged by watchdog groups who raised understandable concerns that she was using the private security expenses merely as a scheme to funnel money to her husband.
Bush claims she needed a private security detail because of unnamed threats against her.
And the “Defund the Police” activist ended up with egg on her face after it was revealed she was paying two off-duty St. Louis police officers to work her security detail.
Troy Nehls (R-TX), who is a former Texas sheriff, slammed Bush during an interview on CNN after Garland’s 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 the Congressman if he was suggesting 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 they, of course, used them to play the race card.
Fellow “Squad” member Ilhan Omar (D-MN) rushed to Bush’s defense and demanded 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.
To Nehls’ credit, he had no time for Bush trying to play either the race card or the victim card.
Instead, the Texas Congressman demanded that Bush apologize to every member of law enforcement across the country.
Political Animal News will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.