U.S. Representative Cori Bush, who was evicted three times and lived in her car with her two children before her career in politics, spent a sleepless night on the U.S. Capitol steps to protest the end on Saturday of a pandemic freeze on evictions.
Bush, a progressive Democrat who won her Missouri seat last year, managed about an hour of sleep sitting upright on a camp chair.
Three other progressive lawmakers – Representatives Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – showed up to support her.
“We slept at the Capitol last night to ask them to come back and do their jobs. Today’s their last chance. We’re still here,” Bush tweeted Saturday alongside photos of herself and staffers in hoodies and blankets.
“The night went better than what a night would really looked like for somebody who was really unhoused,” Bush told reporters from her orange sleeping bag Saturday morning. “We need the powers that be to understand that we’re not going to let this go quietly.”
Photos of their night sleeping rough show the lawmakers thoroughly surrounded by piles of trash, including discarded Domino’s pizza boxes. Stacks of chips, cookies and other junk food stood ready to sustain them.
Bush and Pressley dropped off to sleep around 5 a.m., as staffers sprawled on the steps and the stone plaza around them.
One glaring absence from the sleepover was New York’s own Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The Squad stalwart posted a video Friday evening in which she offered supportive words of encouragement.
But perhaps the biggest moment of the night came when AOC started calling all of her BLM and Antifa friends to join her for an insurrection to steal people’s properties, and I’m just using their rhetorics when it comes to using the word insurrection!
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