One leading progressive Democrat has been caught up in an apparent attempt to win public sympathy in a ploy that reminds some critics of a Jessie Sollett-style hate hoax.
U.S. Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) claimed she had been the victim of “white supremacist” intimidation, but some Twitter users pointed to evidence suggesting that she wrote the threatening messages herself.
“Even if it didn’t happen”
The accusations stem from her tweet that “white supremacists wanted [her] dead” before she became an elected official and that “white supremacist threats” against her “have only intensified as a Black woman speaking truth in the halls of power.”
Journalist Andy Ngo subsequently noted that “one of the screenshots shows it was typed on an unsubmitted form” that referred to Bush as a “worthless piece of s***.”
Ngo pointed out the red asterisk marks indicating that required sections of the form had not been completed, leading him to conclude that “the person who gave her the screenshot wrote it themselves.”
Missouri congresswoman (D) & BLM activist tweets out what she says are evidence of “white supremacist violence.” However, one of the screenshots shows it was typed on an unsubmitted form, raising the question if she or the person who gave her the screenshot wrote it themselves. https://t.co/6OHT1YIFPj
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) July 25, 2021
One user responded to Ngo with a screenshot of Smollett along with the mocking caption: “Believe in something, even if it didn’t happen.”
“Put some effort in it”
Smollett achieved infamy in 2019 when the actor claimed he was assaulted by supporters of then-President Donald Trump. Subsequent revelations signaled that Smollett staged the entire incident.
For her part, Bush posted a series of other screenshots. It was not clear whether any or all of them were genuine representations of white supremacist hate against the lawmaker.
One social media user slammed Bush for her lazy attempt to stage a hoax, writing: “At least use photoshop to erase the red asterisk, if you gonna lie, put some effort in it…”
Of course, Bush is no stranger to controversy. Despite her vocal support of the Black Lives Matter supporter and efforts to “defund the police,” she recently came under fire for spending $70,000 on private security services.
As for allegations that she is spreading fake claims of hate speech for partisan gain, any such scheme would only serve to discredit legitimate racism where it still exists in America.