The far-left progressive movement in America scored another major win on Tuesday night, when 20-year Democratic incumbent Representative William Lacy Clay of Missouri lost his primary to political newcomer Cori Bush (shown), a Black Lives Matter protest leader backed by Justice Democrats, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and other socialist fixtures.
Bush’s victory in the high-profile race for the Democratic nomination in Missouri’s 1st Congressional District, which covers part of St. Louis, essentially guarantees the 44-year-old a victory in November, as the district is highly left-leaning.
Clay, 64, is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, which his father, the late Representative William Clay Sr., founded. The younger Clay took over the seat from his father, meaning it has been held by a member of the Clay family for over half a century.
Bush had challenged Clay in 2018, but lost by double digits. This time, however, the former preschool teacher leveraged her Black Lives Matter connections at a time when race and social justice are at the forefront of Democrats voters’ minds following the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police officers.
Bush was one of the first candidates backed by the far-left socialist group Justice Democrats, whose resources and infrastructure were integral to the election of Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omaar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), progressive lawmakers often referred to as “The Squad.”
The organization tweeted out its congratulations to Bush for her win:
From the Bronx to St. Louis, the Squad is here to stay, and it’s still growing. pic.twitter.com/ogMU5Djx6Z
— Justice Democrats (@justicedems) August 5, 2020
Bush’s campaign spokeswoman, Keenan Korth, said voters in the district were “galvanized.”
“They’re ready to turn the page on decades of failed leadership,” Korth said.
Bush is reportedly an ordained minister. She became ill while pregnant in 2001 and had to quit her preschool job. She, her husband, and her children were later evicted from their rental home and spent several months living out of a Ford Explorer. The couple later divorced and Bush got a nursing degree.
The rising Democrat became involved in Black Lives Matter in 2014 following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Her campaign saw a major uptick in fundraising in the final days of the race, with nearly $240,000 in the spring, including $170,000 in June alone. Bush was also endorsed by Ocasio-Cortez.
During his reelection bid, Clay touted his experience. “This election is a simple choice,” Clay said in a Monday statement. “Cori Bush’s Empty Rhetoric, or my record of real results and real reforms for the people.”
In another high-profile race Tuesday night, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, known as a firebrand Trump Republican with a strong anti-illegal immigration stance, lost the GOP Senate primary to Representative Roger Marshall, who won with support from major farm and business interests.
Kobach had defeated sitting Republican Governor Jeff Colyer for the GOP primary in the 2018 gubernatorial race, but went on to lose to Democrat Laura Kelly in the general election.
Bush’s insurgent victory over Clay further shows that the Democratic party is moving leftward. Traditional Democrats are gradually giving way to open socialists who call for a total transformation of American government and society. Justice Democrats, a well-funded and well-oiled machine, has proven itself highly effective in ousting moderate Democrats in primaries and replacing them with far-left figures.
Often, as in the cases of Bush and Ocasio-Cortez, these individuals being elected to Congress do not have any prior political experience, but come from the sphere of activism.
While all of this should be worrisome to American patriots, it should also provide the political Right in the United States with some important insights.
First, the fact that the Democrat Party is drifting ever leftward should be a signal to Republicans that in these conflictive times, voters are not interested in moderates. Those branded as “extremists” can win, just as much in the GOP as in the Democratic Party. Republican candidates who make issues of the Deep State, the New World Order, globalism, the Federal Reserve, and other subjects formerly deemed the stuff of “conspiracy theory” now have an open road to electoral success.
Second, patriots who want to make a difference should not let an apparent lack of experience get in their way. If a bartender from the Bronx can become a member of Congress without having ever held elected office, why not a conservative electrician, or mechanic, or farmer?
Often, those who have “experience” have the wrong type of experience. Their experience is really in backroom dealing and trampling on our constitutional liberties. If we want to counter the new generation of socialist lawmakers, we need a fresh group of constitutionalists who aren’t career politicians.
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