Missouri Rep. Cori Bush has been known to say outlandish and ridiculous things to get a response and she just did it again.
On Monday she tweeted that she believed if Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty white supremacists would suddenly go wild and run rampant.
“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,” she said.
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
Her claims, that she had not made publicly until now, were corroborated by activist Ohun Ashe.
“This is FACTS! I vividly remember hiding under porches in Canfield as shots were fired at us. No one came to help us. We would come from under porches using cars as shields in between gun shots to make it out,” she said.
This is FACTS! I vividly remember hiding under porches in Canfield as shots were fired at us. No one came to help us. We would come from under porches using cars as shields in between gun shots to make it out. https://t.co/dqmrcZznXB
— Ohun Ashe 🌻🌼🌞 (@Ohun_Ashe) November 15, 2021
People went off on Twitter expressing disbelief in her claims and many called her a liar.
Was Hillary Clinton there too on that tarmac? https://t.co/NCEbVRUK7y
— Jacek Posobiec 🇺🇸🇵🇱 (@JackPosobiec) November 16, 2021
She literally made this shit up on the spot lol. https://t.co/lUgcpqnq61
— FormerlyNorf (@FormerlyNorf) November 16, 2021
Shut up, liar https://t.co/FOE3VGW921
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) November 16, 2021
In a world where everyone videos everything, there is no footage of any of this. So odd. https://t.co/jYRlBLSzP2
— Invisible Girl🌸💞💞 (@Bonniestillhere) November 16, 2021
— Justice (@MidwestMidwit) November 15, 2021
But the Webster County Citizen reported that the police chief was not aware of any claims of this type of shooting happening.
Ferguson Police Chief Frank McCall Jr. said Monday he didn’t know that there was any record of such an incident.
“Not that I’m aware of,” he said, adding he wasn’t aware of any incidents that the tweet might be referencing.
McCall was named as police chief in July; prior to joining the Ferguson Police Department, he was a veteran officer and chief at the Berkeley Police Department.
Bush, who rose to prominence in the aftermath of the Ferguson protests, was tweeting about Kyle Rittenhouse, who is standing trial for shooting three people and killing two of them at racial injustice protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year.
On Tuesday the jury began deliberating the charges against Rittenhouse, who is facing murder charges after shooting three men who were part of a mob that were chasing him in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Two of the men were killed.
Protesters have gathered around the courthouse where the trial is taking place and tensions are getting high.
“The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department and Kenosha Police Department understand and recognize the anxiety surrounding the Kyle Rittenhouse trial. There are many questions being asked from our community as well as media outlets,” the police and sheriff’s departments said in a joint statement.
“Our departments have worked together and made coordinated efforts over the last year to improve response capabilities to large scale events. We have also strengthened our existing relationships with State and Federal resources. At this time, we have no reason to facilitate road closures, enact curfews or ask our communities to modify their daily routines.
“Lastly and most importantly, we have and will continue to be engaged with our community leaders,” they said.
But protesters were heated outside of the courthouse.
“We hope it won’t cause violence” one protestor who was heading an anti-Rittenhouse chant, said to Fox News.
“If he’s acquitted, you’re going to have these idiots [Rittenhouse supporters] out here doing stupid s—,” another protester said.
“Us Black people that live in Kenosha, us Brown people that live in Kenosha are going to be blamed for that,” she said.
But a man who came to support Rittenhouse said he was “worried about Kenosha because I don’t want to see nobody hurt.
“I am for peaceful protesting. I am for free speech,” the man from Milwaukee said.
“I am here to support Kyle Rittenhouse because I’m a constitutionalist, I believe that he defended himself,” he said.