At the top of a 12 months outlined by political divisions and a pandemic, Democratic Rep.-elect Cori Bush has numerous causes to really feel optimistic.
Appearing on “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” Wednesday, Bush ― who grew to become the primary Black lady elected to signify Missouri in Congress final month ― defined how she expects her activist background to affect her first months in workplace.
“I know what it’s like to be hungry and not know where my next meal is coming from, know what it’s like to be low-wage,” she mentioned. “So being able to take that knowledge and use that to inform policy … I’m at the point where, like, the sky is not even my limit.”
“I’m a Black Lives Matter activist and somebody who’s been evicted and I am in Congress,” she continued. “I have to be optimistic ― look what just happened!”
A single mom, ordained minister and former nurse, Bush has been outspoken in regards to the challenges of being a Black lady on the job. Last month, she mentioned lots of her Republican colleagues mistakenly known as her “Breonna” after she wore a face masks with Breonna Taylor’s identify printed on it to honor the Black lady killed by police in Louisville, Kentucky.
In her chat with Bee, Bush mentioned she plans to measure her success “in knowing that I was able to help a family to not only eat for today, but eat for tomorrow,” and went on to supply some ideas on how progressives and institution Democrats can work collectively to attain frequent objectives.
“It’s kind of like when you argue with your family,” she mentioned. “You still get together for dinner. There may be some infighting, but we’re still able to work together, and then the big things, we can work on that after we make sure that people eat and have the COVID testing they need and get some stimulus money in the door.”
Watch a clip from Cori Bush’s interview with Samantha Bee beneath.
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