Missouri Representative-elect Cori Bush said her Republican colleagues mistakenly called her “Breonna” after she wore a face mask with the name “Breonna Taylor” on it during her debut in Congress.
“A few of my Republican colleagues have called me Breonna, assuming that’s my name. It hurts. But I’m glad they’ll come to know her name & story because of my presence here,” Bush tweeted Friday. “Breonna must be central to our work in Congress.”
Taylor, 26, was killed by Kentucky police in March in a case that sparked nationwide protests against police brutality.
Bush, a progressive Democrat and longtime activist, became Missouri’s first black congresswoman earlier this month. She beat Republican Anthony Rogers to represent the state’s first congressional district. Bush, 44, made a name for herself when she led protests in Ferguson after the death of Michael Brown.
Bush told reporters the comments from her colleagues at a new House members orientation meeting were “disheartening” and “hurtful,” saying she