In one of the most remarkable and inspiring primary elections in recent history, Cori Bush upset longtime incumbent Representative William Lacy Clay Jr.
Lacy Clay and his father have represented Missouri’s 1st congressional district for more than half a century.
Her campaign website emphasizes her pledge to “fight tooth and nail to eradicate targeted, hateful discrimination and enact federal policies that protect and uplift ALL people.”
She also notes there, “I fight because I know what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck, to be burdened with student and medical debt, and to live day to day in St. Louis where poverty is violence, crime is rampant, and our unhoused community grows daily.”
Confronted by Lacy Clay in a deeply disturbing attack over her support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, Bush stood strongly for BDS and did not simply back it as a free speech right as the Democratic platform does.
“Cori Bush has always been sympathetic to the BDS movement, and she stands in solidarity with the Palestinian people, just as they have stood in solidarity with Black Americans fighting for their own lives.”
Her campaign also pushed back against the Lacy Clay mailer for “digitally altering Cori’s skin tone” and for “falsely and grossly” accusing her of anti-Semitism for appearing in a photo alongside Palestinian American activist Linda Sarsour at an interfaith event to protest the US government’s caging of migrant children.
Her campaign’s response accused Lacy Clay of using the photo “to stoke fears of anti-Semitism and promote Islamophobia, both of which are unacceptable.”
The excitement over her victory from the Palestine rights community is palpable.
The Black-Palestine solidarity emerging out of the Ferguson Black Lives Matter movement is likely to grow as Bush is expected to win in November and join fellow BDS supporters Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar in Washington.
Tlaib on Tuesday handily defeated her primary challenger, almost certainly ensuring she will return to Congress following November’s general election.
Omar faces a primary next week. Pro-Israel groups are channeling huge sums of money to her challenger.