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Flashback: In House Floor Speech, Rep. Cori Bush Honored Activist Infamous for “Pigs In A Blanket, Fry ‘Em Like Bacon” Chant

Flashback: In House Floor Speech, Rep. Cori Bush Honored Activist Infamous for “Pigs In A Blanket, Fry ‘Em Like Bacon” Chant

In light of Bush’s vile racist attack on Republican Byron Donalds, it’s worth revisiting how Bush glorified someone who advocated violence against cops: “St. Louis and I rise today in solidarity with the Palestinian people and in memory of our brother Bassem Masri, a Ferguson activist ….”

Missouri Rep. Cori Bush is back in the news. When she’s in the news it’s never for a good thing, it’s usually for race-baiting and cop bashing. Here are some of our prior posts about Bush:

True to form, his week Bush race-baited and insulted Byron Donalds, calling him nothing more than a “white supremacist” black prop for Republicans:

In light of Bush’s attack on Donalds, it’s worth a flashback to a post I wrote when Bush used her congressional position to give a speech on the floor of the House honoring and glorifying a now-deceased anti-Israel street thug we reported on during the Ferguson Riots in October 2014, Bassem Masri. Masri successfully hijacked the riots over Michael Brown’s death and turned them into anti-Israel riots and an anti-Israel narrative, as we documented at the time:

Masri as much as anyone popularized during the Ferguson riots the anti-police chant, “Pigs in a Blanket, Fry ‘Em Like Bacon.” That call to violence was chanted just months later in December 2014 when two New York City policemen were ambushed and killed while sitting in their police car, as we covered in “Pigs in a blanket” chanted in #Ferguson long before #NYPD executions.

In light of Bush’s vile attack on Byron Donalds, it’s worth re-running my post from May 14, 2021, Rep. Cori Bush Praises St. Louis “Palestinian” Activist Infamous for “Pigs In A Blanket, Fry ‘Em Like Bacon” Chant.


Democratic House Rep. Cori Bush hates Israel, and views it as in illegitimate colonial entity. That’s not new, it’s the prevailing wisdom now on the left wing of the Democratic Party.

In a speech yesterday on the House floor, Bush lashed out at Israel, summing it up in this tweet echoing “intersectionality” rhetoric that has been a staple of anti-Israel activism for years:

The fight for Black lives and the fight for Palestinian liberation are interconnected. We oppose our money going to fund militarized policing, occupation, and systems of violent oppression and trauma. We are anti-war. We are anti-occupation. And we are anti-apartheid. Period.

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Note that the speech is devoted to honoring and praising Bassem Masri.

St. Louis and I rise today in solidarity with the Palestinian people and in memory of our brother Bassem Masri, a Ferguson activist who was with us on the front lines of our uprising for justice following the police murder of Michael Brown, Jr. Bassem was a St. Louis Palestinian. Bassem also lived in Jerusalem, Palestine. Bassem was one of us. He showed up ready. As a Palestinian, he was ready to resist, to rebel, to rise up with us as our St Louis community, more than Mike Brown, Jr’s state sanctioned murder. And as we demanded an end to the militarized police occupation of our communities. Palestinians know what state violence, militarized policing, and occupation of their communities look like, and they’ve lived that reality of having to go through checkpoints while trying to live their lives. They know this reality and the reality of so much more.

So when heavily militarized police forces showed up in Ferguson in 2014,  Bassem and so many others of our St. Louis Palestinian community, our Palestinian siblings showed up too. I remember sitting in a circle on the grass near where Michael Brown Jr was murdered. And I remember them describing to us what to do when militarized law enforcement shot us with rubber bullets or when they tear gassed us. I remember learning that the same equipment that they use to brutalize us is the same equipment that we send to the Israeli military to police and brutalized Palestinians. I remember Bassem putting his life on the line with us. I remember him live streaming for the whole world to see our struggle. I’ll remember our solidarity. And I’ll remember the harassment, the extortion, the brutalization he faced for resisting with us.

That harassment, that extortion, that brutalization by heavily armed militarized presence in our community, that’s what we fund when our government sends our tax dollars to the Israeli military. St. Louis sent me here to save lives. Bassem’s loved ones and his community, our St. Louis community sent me here to save lives. So we, that means we oppose our money going to fund militarized policing, occupation and systems of violent oppression and trauma. We are anti-war. We are anti-occupation and we are anti-apartheid. Period.

If this body is looking for something productive to do with $3 million, instead of funding a military that polices and kills Palestinians, I have some communities in St. Louis City and in St. Louis County that where that money can go, where we desperately need investment, where we are hurting, where we need help, let us prioritize funding there, prioritize funding life, not destruction. So today we remember Bassem. We remember his resistance in the face of militarized police occupation, as a St. Louisan and a Palestinian. We lost him to a health crisis, but we remember his words today until all our children are safe, we will continue to fight for our rights in Palestine and in Ferguson. We stand with you in solidarity.

[Bush’s claims about the supposed Israeli connection to U.S. policing are false, as we covered years ago in Exposed: Years-long effort to blame Israel for U.S. police shootings of blacks]

The name Bassem Masri probably meant nothing to almost everyone listening to the speech.

But Legal Insurrection readers may recall Masri, who is now deceased, from our coverage of the 2014 Ferguson riots after the shooting of Michael Brown. (Contrary to Bush’s claims, Brown’s shooting was found to be a justifiable use of police deadly force both by local prosecutors and the Obama-Holder DOJ, because Brown was shot and killed when he physically attacked a policeman and tried to steal his weapon.)

Masri was featured in our coverage of the Ferguson riots and how anti-Israel activists tried — with some success — to turn them into anti-Israel events.

We covered Masri’s role in these posts:

What earned Masri infamy was his popularization of the phrase during the Ferguson riots “Pigs in a Blanket, Fry ‘Em Like Bacon”:

Masri led the chant on the streets during protests. Unfortunately his US Stream account, where he livestreamed those and other chants, no longer exists. A YouTube video of Masri leading the chant in Ferguson also is no longer available.

He may not have invented the chant, but he popularized it. After Ferguson, that chant became something of a calling card for anti-police activists, including in connection with the December 2014 assassination of two NY City police officers. After that murder, Masri attracted attention because he tweeted again and was on video chanting, with others, “Pigs In a Blanket, Fry ‘Em Like Bacon.”

In an October 2014 protest after another shooting, Masri shouted at police:

“Coward. Straight pig out here. Straight bitch… What if we take your gun? …. I’m praying for your death. I’m praying for your death, and your death, and your death.”

Local news reported on Masri’s tactics, One man’s protests push police to the limit:

Here`s an inside look at one of the most angry protestors, who`s lighting up social media over Ferguson and the deadly police shooting on Shaw. Fox Files investigator Chris Hayes sat down with St. Louisan Bassem Masri.

A crowd chants to officers, “Whose streets? Our streets. Our streets. Our streets.”

It was October 8, the night an off duty officer shot and killed Vonderett [sic] Myers Jr. Crowds surround officers who back away.

A man holding a cell phone says, ‘What the f*** you doing here bro, get the f*** out a here with your coward ass boys.’ It was Bassem Masri who said this as he streamed video that was live at the time. Masri yelled at an officer, ‘Coward straight pig out here bitch! You gotta go. Your life is in danger homie.’

People appear to feed off of his energy. Masri told an officer, ‘What happens when we take your gun?’ That officer then protects his gun. Another officer protecting his gun was answered with screams, ‘He has his hand on his gun!’

Then citizens surrounded him and chanted, ‘Shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot.’

At one point you can hear Masri tell officers, while pointing at each one, ‘I`m praying for your death and you death and your death and your death.’

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CNN even confronted Masri:

Cori Bush devoted her speech on the floor of the House not only to bashing Israel, but to praising an activist who wished death and harm on the police.

You may not have realized who Bush was praising, but she certainly understood.


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The Gentle Grizzly | January 5, 2023 at 8:53 pm

A good Democrat through and through.

She helps to set the bar very low for Missouri Dems.

Something tells me America is on the edge of a violent convulsion. People like Cori Bush often come to a violent end of her own making. Sow-reap.

But Dr Oz, Walker and Kari Lake were such terrible candidates, if only we had better candidates like the Democrats

You know democratic candidates and winners who don’t campaign, hide in basements, and literally have brain damage…

Vote harder

No cheating , you election denier

    Kari Lake was a super candidate – I think she won. But….

    diver64 in reply to gonzotx. | January 6, 2023 at 4:03 am

    Lake ran rings around her opponent who hid in a basement and refused to debate her, Walker for a first time candidate did a very good job and barely lost, Oz also didn’t do a bad job for being up against another candidate that refused to debate him until 500,000 votes had already been cast.
    The problem was not only the media complicity and vote fraud, it was the massive amount of money the Progressives on both coast poured into the campaigns

    mailman in reply to gonzotx. | January 6, 2023 at 5:59 am

    Totally agree with you G…if only we had candidates of a similar calibre that Democrats have!

She calls Byron Donalds a prop.

That’s weak. Crenshaw called him a terrorist.

if anyone embodies ” pathetic ” it’s her–what an embarassment to her family and to our country

another ignorant black bigot

Based on the ignorant stuff she says, and the ignorant way she says it, I’d be shocked if her IQ is above 85. Other than be a race hustler, there is literally nothing else productive she could do. She’s too butt ugly to turn tricks.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Paul. | January 6, 2023 at 7:09 am

    Were it not for set-asides, black-weighted districts , and affirmative action, she’d be -at best – a maid at a 2-star hotel

    texansamurai in reply to Paul. | January 6, 2023 at 8:43 am

    Based on the ignorant stuff she says, and the ignorant way she says it, I’d be shocked if her IQ is above 85.


    you’re being generous–would put her IQ (if it’s measurable at all) somewhere in the low 60s

“We are anti-war” as she votes to dump American money on Ukraine with no oversight.

“We are anti-occupation” as she is all in with the terrorist South Syrian sheepherders occupying part of Israel.

Forgive me if I pay no attention to this twit getting her 15min before disappearing into obscurity.

    mailman in reply to diver64. | January 6, 2023 at 6:01 am

    Im, sadly, going to have to disagree with you. Vile black race haters like this never just disappear in to obscurity. Vile black race haters like this fail upwards in the Democrat party.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to diver64. | January 6, 2023 at 7:10 am

    Don’t fool yourself. She has that seat as long as she wants it.

Anyone notice whats missing?

Republican says something based on science and Democrats are getting the shits at the Republicans obvious racism.

Democrats say something vile and rwaaaacist and its all tumble weeds and crickets from Democrats and the idiots opposing them (also Democrats but spelt with a lower case r).

RepublicanRJL | January 6, 2023 at 6:18 am

Daddy says “whenever a progressive Democrat speaks, an angle loses its wings.”

Where was Pelosi’s rule of decorum in chambers when Bush was praising a man whose words caused cops to die and be a little quicker on the draw?

That’s the cancel culture but on the right. You honor somebody for what they’re honored for, not for being a nice guy otherwise. Hence all the statues we used to have.

Prodigal Son tossed out of household after old tweet discovered.

It may be this activist did nothing worth honoring but that’s a different point.

Capitalist-Dad | January 6, 2023 at 9:14 am

Speaking of pigs, Cori Bush is among the filthiest in the Democrat pigpen.

2smartforlibs | January 6, 2023 at 11:00 am

You can’t embarrass a liberal. They have no shame.

I wonder what the Democrats would say if we started chanting,
“Capitol Hill pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon.”

Not that we will, because we recognize that only some of them are murderers and protectors of murderers.