*Congresswoman-elect Cori Bush says she was mistaken for Breonna Taylor while attending orientation for incoming House members on Friday.
The Missouri Representative was wearing a face mask that featured Breonna Taylor’s name. She claims several GOP colleagues mistakenly assumed “Breonna” was her name, so she naturally concluded they were unfamiliar with Taylor’s controversial case.
“It hurts. But I’m glad they’ll come to know her name & story because of my presence here,” she tweeted. “Breonna must be central to our work in Congress.”
Candance Owens, who seems to never miss an opportunity to attack liberal Black women, shared Bush’s tweet and noted: “There is already a “Justice for Breonna Taylor Act” which was introduced to Congress in June,” she wrote.
Owends continued, “It was introduced/sponsored by REPUBLICAN [email protected] Hope you had a good first day on the side of perpetual race-bait stupidity, known as Democrats in Congress.”
It’s Day One, so I’m wearing my “Breonna Taylor” mask.
A few of my Republican colleagues have called me Breonna, assuming that’s my name.
It hurts. But I’m glad they’ll come to know her name & story because of my presence here.
Breonna must be central to our work in Congress.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) November 13, 2020
1) There is already a “Justice for Breonna Taylor Act” which was introduced to Congress in June
2) It was introduced/sponsored by REPUBLICAN senator @RandPaul
3) Hope you had a good first day on the side of perpetual race-bait stupidity, known as Democrats in Congress. https://t.co/XsBmitmxHT
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) November 16, 2020
Bush, a progressive Democrat, further explained the moment she was mistaken for Taylor in a video posted by The New York Times.
“… We have to stretch ourselves and pay attention to what’s happening in other parts of the country. But this has been national news for a long time,” said Bush.
“People have protested in the streets with this name, and it just saddens me that people in leadership, people that want to be in leadership, don’t know the struggles that are happening to Black people in this country. And it’s just disheartening,” she explained. “And it was hurtful, absolutely hurtful. I didn’t hear it once, I didn’t hear it twice. I heard it several times. I’m being called, you know, Breonna Taylor today. But it’s OK because we’ll educate and we’ll make sure that people know who she is, what she stood for—that she was an award-winning E.M.T. in her community, that she’s someone who deserves justice right now.”
Hear more from Bush about the incident via the YouTube clip above.
Taylor was killed in March by Louisville officers during a bothced a no-knock warrant at her home.