(FreedomWire.org) – Democrat Rep. Cori Bush made very strong accusations during a House committee hearing regarding fossil fuels on Wednesday.
Bush tried to paint a witness in an extremely unflattering light, but it didn’t quite go as she’d hoped. The chairman actually allowed the witness to respond to Bush’s attacks, and he proceeded to completely dismantle her dishonest narrative.
Bush started her opening statement by first going after the oil industry at large before intentionally derailing the topic by accusing an unidentified witness as being a white supremacist.
“If House Republicans actually cared about preventing an energy and economic crisis from happening, they would commit to investing in renewable energy,” she said. “Unfortunately, there are no serious proposals being offered. Rising inflation, caused by Russia’s violent invasion of Ukraine and COVID-19 related supply chain shortages, combined with dangerous corporate greed and reliance on fossil fuels, has left the United States in a tenuous position.”
From there, she further criticized her GOP peers for bringing in “for-profit think tanks and oil-titans” that aim to allegedly maximize profits at the expense of lower income minorities.
Then she proceeded to pull out the race-card.
According to Bush, “One of these so-called ‘energy experts’ is a philosopher who has previously espoused white supremacist views.”
“For instance, in his 2000 college newspaper, he wrote ‘the African and American studies department has 23 classes and many of these classes African culture is presented not as…” Bush said before another member of the committee began to cut her off.
“Mr. Chairman, I ask the gentlelady’s words be taken down,” said Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert. “She just called the witness a white supremacist.”
“No, I referred to the words, not to the person,” Bush replied.
“The gentlelady is referring to the witness statement and referred to him as a white supremacist, I would like a parliamentary decree having the gentlelady’s words taken down,” Boebert requested.
Boebert continued by asking the chairman if it was “appropriate for ranking members to show respect to the witnesses who are here, present in the room today?”
Bush was allowed to continue speaking from that point on, “As I was saying, the African and African-American Studies Department, this is the quote, ‘has 23 classes in many of these classes, African culture is presented not as inferior to Western culture, but as one equal footing with it in other departments. The same is done with Latin American, Indian, and American Indian culture’.”
She continued, adding that “When confronted about these views over two decades later, rather than disavow them, he doubled down on this narrative saying, quote, ‘It has nothing to do with skin color. I was arguing that those cultures overall are inferior to Western culture.’ We are not inferior to any culture. Speaking as the descendant of one of those cultures, this is the witness the Republicans invited to discuss issues of energy security.”
Bush was referencing opinions made by Alex Epstein, the president of the Center for Industrial Progress.
He then explained, “What I argued and what I’ve argued for my entire adult life is that Western culture is superior in the sense that it promotes individualism and freedom. And I have fought my entire life for freedom around the world – including in Africa, including in Asia, including in India […] There are different places around the world that are in many ways inferior. They have female genital mutilation. They have slavery. These are not as good as not mutilating female’s genitals and not enslaving people.”
He concluded, “The idea that freedom and reason and individualism only apply to people of certain skin colors, that is the actual original racist idea.”