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WASHINGTON, DC- It’s funny what happens when you’re about ready to get your clocks cleaned in the mid-term elections. For nearly the past two years, all we’ve heard from Democrats, primarily the “squad” members, is the mantra to “defund the police.”
That very nearly cost them the House and Senate in 2020, and it was certainly looking like this time, they would pay a severe price for it.
Well now, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who apparently still has some modicum of awareness left, knowing that crime has been spiking out of control for going on two years, is now claiming that defunding the police is no longer the direction in which the Democratic Party wants to go, Breitbart News reports.
It is simply not a hill they want to die on, although the damage may already be done.
On This Week with George Stephanopoulos, he asked Pelosi about the rising crime and the fact that there appears to be a difference of opinion from within the Democratic caucus on how to deal with it.
“The other thing weighing on people now is rising crime. There appear to be some divisions among Democrats on how to handle it,” Stephanopoulos said.
“Your colleague Karen Bass is running for mayor of Los Angeles trying to increase…the police force in L.A. Cori Bush, congresswoman from Missouri, is saying time to defund the police. She is sticking by that. You’re the speaker. How do you think Democrats should address rising crime?”
Pelosi, who looked fresh out of her latest injection of Botox, told Stephanopoulos “That’s not the position of the Democratic Party.”
“With all due respect in the world for Cori Bush, that’s not the position of the Democratic Party. Community safety to protect and defend in every way is our oath of office,” Pelosi said.
“We’re all concerned about mistreatment of people. That’s why Karen Bass had “The Justice in Policing Act.” We hope to get some of that done, whether it’s no-knock, chokehold, or some of those issues even if we can’t get it all done.”
This is a complete change of direction for the Democrats, who since the death of George Floyd to an overdose and positional asphyxia have made it their life’s mission to kowtow to the far-left loons in their party and work to not only defund the police, but to make their jobs nearly impossible.
While Joe Biden and his mouthpiece Jen Psaki have tried to claim that it was Republicans and not Democrats who were attempting to defund the police, there is plenty of evidence that suggests otherwise.
That is what makes Pelosi’s pivot seem disingenuous and only political in nature.
“Make no mistake, community safety is our responsibility,” Pelosi said. “I quote one of my colleagues from New York, Ritchie Torres, a brand new member of Congress way on the left, saying that ‘defund the police’ is dead. That causes a concern with a few in our caucus. But public safety is our responsibility.”
This is a change in strategy for the Democrats, who first of all embraced the violent protests and explosion in violent crime that took place after Floyd’s death, then pivoting to claiming Republicans were “exaggerating” the problem.
Meanwhile, murder rates exploded in cities from Philadelphia to St. Louis and out to Los Angeles, along with nearly every Democratic-run city in between.
The Hill reported that according to the Council on Criminal Justice (CCJ), homicides in major U.S. cities increased 44 percent since 2019.
A couple of weeks ago, Joe Biden took time off from his weekly vacations to Delaware to travel to New York City, reeling from the execution-style shootings of two NYPD police officers, where he joined New York mayor Eric Adams and promised to combat gun violence.
Republicans, however, are not buying Biden’s sudden decision to get “tough” on crime.
“Joe Biden and Democrats’ soft-on-crime policies have emboldened criminals in Democrat-run cities across the country,” said RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel in response to Biden’s comments.
“Americans are less safe because of Democrats’ failed leadership, and until Joe Biden condemns dangerous policies and anti-police rhetoric from Democrats like Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, he is complicit in the crime surges across the country.”
Pelosi is probably also reading the polls, with a Pew Research Survey from October showing 47 percent of Americans said police spending in their cities or towns should be increased, an increase from 31 percent in June of 2020.
Support for defunding the police, meanwhile dropped from 25 percent in 2020 to 15 percent in October of 2021.
Moderate Democrats, including former President Barack Obama blamed Democratic losses in a number of swing districts in 2020 on the embrace of “defund the police” by far-left progressives.
“Defund the police is an absolutely stupid slogan,” said Democratic strategist Adrian Hemond.
“Even if you agree with the policy goals of what folks in this movement are pushing, it’s a very bad slogan because it’s not actually at least a hundred percent indicative of what they say they want to do, at least most of them.”
Democrats have attempted to paint Republicans’ opposition to Biden’s American Rescue Plan as an indication that they are the ones who don’t support the police. However there is plenty of evidence to the contrary.
That plan provides $350 million to help local governments, including police departments. However, the money isn’t specifically directed toward public safety and governments can do whatever they want with it. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki earned three Pinocchio’s from the Washington Post for her claims.
Republicans are confident that voters won’t fall for the Democrats’ sudden embrace of law enforcement.
“Voters aren’t going to believe that Democrats are suddenly tough on crime after they spent the last two years trying to defund the police,” said Mike Berg, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee.
For more on “Squad” hypocrite Cori Bush, we invite you to:
ST. LOUIS, MO – Democratic “Squad” member U.S. Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri said Thursday that her parked car was struck by gunfire last weekend.
Squad Member Rep. Cori Bush's vehicle hit by gunfire in St. Louis area
St. Louis consistently has been ranked among the most dangerous cities in the United States.https://t.co/YT7gqXuGpz
— Truckistani Underground Poso 🚛 (@JackPosobiec) January 27, 2022
Bush’s office confirmed Thursday that her parked car was struck by bullets Saturday morning. She was not in the car at the time the shots were fired, and no one was hurt, Bush’s spokesman, Jack Besser, said.
The shooting did not appear to be a targeted attack aimed toward the Congresswoman, but that is not stopping the progressive Democrat from capitalizing on the incident.
Authorities have not disclosed the location of the vehicle at the time of the incident other than to say the St. Louis area.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department could not confirm whether the incident happened within city limits, stating no incident matching the one described could be located in their records.
— Dennis S Brotman 🇺🇸 #DemCast #DemCastGA (@DenbrotS) January 28, 2022
Despite her outspoken support for defunding the police in the midst of nationwide violent crime spikes, the progressive liberal Democrat used the incident to highlight the issue of gun violence and call for keeping neighborhoods safe. A statement issued by the congresswoman stated that the incident “shakes the soul”:
“Like far too many of us in St. Louis, experiencing gun violence is all too familiar. Thankfully no one was harmed. But any act of gun violence shakes your soul.
“No one should have to fear for their safety here in St. Louis and that is exactly why our movement is working every day to invest in our communities, eradicate the root causes of gun violence, and keep every neighborhood safe.”
There was evidence that someone had tampered with the door handles of other cars in the vicinity at the time of the gunfire that hit Bush’s vehicle, according to a source close to the representative.
Bush is a longtime racial injustice activist who upset longtime Democratic incumbent Lacy Clay in 2020, becoming the first black woman elected to Congress in Missouri.
She has since become a vocal opponent of many of her own party’s issues like evictions and child tax credits during debates over pandemic relief.
Missouri Rep. Cori Bush (D) confirmed reports that her car was struck by gunfire over the weekend in the St. Louis area. https://t.co/BNHhDnLgJQ
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) January 28, 2022
In March 2021, while serving as Vice Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, issued a statement following passage of a bipartisan background check act:
“Every single day gun violence is claiming the lives of St. Louisans. So far this year, dozens of people have been murdered in the St. Louis region. Just this week, a mother and her two children were shot and killed, and a toddler was grazed by a bullet.
“The devastation and trauma that gun violence has inflicted on our community is unbearable, unjust, and unconscionable.”
This is not the first time Bush’s vehicle has been hit by gunfire. In 2020, her car’s door handle was struck, and a tire was hit by bullets. She posted pictures on social media that showed the damage at the time.
My car took the bullets. I am safe.
When I say that I am the people I serve, it’s not a slogan!
A bullet went through my door handle on one side of the car, another went through my tire on the other side.
I’m committed to taking us from “surviving St. Louis” to “living it.” pic.twitter.com/iBqSSzc43G
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) June 11, 2020
The “Squad” member’s calls to protect the community may be hard to swallow for many in the political world considering her strong calls for defunding police departments across the country. In an October 2020 tweet, the congresswoman wrote:
“We’re going to defund the police and refund our social services. Don’t like this idea? Well, we don’t like dead Black & Brown bodies & broken families at the hands of those sworn to protect us. The police have failed at fixing themselves—so we’re going to do it.”
We're going to defund the police and refund our social services.
Don’t like this idea? Well, we don’t like dead Black & Brown bodies & broken families at the hands of those sworn to protect us.
The police have failed at fixing themselves—so we're going to do it.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) October 19, 2020
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Ignoring all evidence, ‘Squad Member’ Rep. Cori Bush equates a Rittenhouse acquittal to declaring open season on black America
November 21, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC – Missouri Congresswoman Cori Bush is no stranger to the pages of Law Enforcement Today. She has previously called to defund the police while using tax payer dollars to pay for her police protection. She has often made inflammatory statements regarding race in America.
Now, like many other left-wing politicians, she is still calling Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, MO a murder at the hands of police while also calling Kyle Rittenhouse a “white supremacist murderer.”
As if those statements alone were not enough, the representative from St. Louis doubled down, saying:
When we marched in Ferguson, white supremacists would hide behind a hill near where Michael Brown Jr. was murdered and shoot at us.
They never faced consequences.
If Kyle Rittenhouse gets acquitted, it tells them that even 7 years later they still can get away with it.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) November 15, 2021
“When we marched in Ferguson, white supremacists would hide behind a hill near where Michael Brown Jr. was murdered and shoot at us. They never faced consequences. If Kyle Rittenhouse gets acquitted, it tells them that even 7 years later they still can get away with it.”
Her proclamation of what the verdict “means” came the same day that both sides made their closing arguments.
The statement referenced above are equally as disturbing, given that they are coming from a sitting member of the United States House of Representatives.
“The white supremacist murderer is ‘just a kid’, but the victims who were standing up for Black lives are ‘rioters’, ‘looters’, and ‘arsonists’.”
The white supremacist murderer is 'just a kid', but the victims who were standing up for Black lives are 'rioters', 'looters', and 'arsonists'.
That's how much this injustice system values Black lives.
That's how deeply rooted white supremacy is in our society. https://t.co/3aJOMB9LN2
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) October 27, 2021
We would almost be willing to give Bush the benefit of the doubt on this one, given that it was posted several days before the trial began, and she was not privy to the evidence.
But, the stupidity of from this individual who constantly plays the race card takes away any consideration of that.
I've said it before and I'll say it again:
White supremacy is the single greatest threat to our democracy. And fear-mongering about critical race theory is an extension of that.
It's disgusting that blaming Black people for your problems is still a reliable pathway to victory.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) November 3, 2021
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: White supremacy is the single greatest threat to our democracy. And fear-mongering about critical race theory is an extension of that. It’s disgusting that blaming Black people for your problems is still a reliable pathway to victory,” she tweeted.
Did we read that right?
In one single tweet, she said blaming black people for any of society’s problems is disgusting, all the while blaming white people for societal problems.
Seems she has no problem pointing the finger at other people as she tries to place the blame for everything on someone else.
If you're not working to dismantle systems of oppression that are still killing Black people every day in this country, you're not doing enough.
It's not enough if you’re not a racist. We need you to be anti-racist.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) November 4, 2021
“If you’re not working to dismantle systems of oppression that are still killing Black people every day in this country, you’re not doing enough. It’s not enough if you’re not a racist. We need you to be anti-racist,” she tweeted.
But, yeah…she isn’t a race-baiter, not at all.
The funny part about her incessant ramblings on Twitter is that she isn’t smart enough to see the irony in her hypocrisy.
She has stated that Rittenhouse was a murderer. He went there to kill. The white-supremacist that he is, only shot three people in self-defense. All three were white.
Rittenhouse told the prosecution that he carried the rifle for protection but had hoped to have no need for it.
Bush posted something several days ago about body armor.
A message to Mo Brooks: if you really thought January 6th was going to be peaceful, you wouldn't have worn body armor to the rally.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) October 27, 2021
Ironically, the very individual that Bush has unilaterally declared to be guilty of intentional homicide, gave his body armor to someone else and went into the rioting crowd to provide aid.
According to Bush’s logic, if Rittenhouse had been in Kenosha hell-bent on destruction, he would have been wearing his body armor.
Scrolling through her Twitter feed could make someone want to gouge their eyes out.
But, why should we be surprised at what we read from the person who brings us gems like this:
I can’t make this any clearer: ending qualified immunity must be in this bill or there’s no way I’ll vote for it. And I’m not alone.
We can’t compromise on saving Black lives. https://t.co/AlL8AMkrna
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) August 19, 2021
“I can’t make this any clearer: ending qualified immunity must be in this bill or there’s no way I’ll vote for it. And I’m not alone.”
When they say that the 4th of July is about American freedom, remember this: the freedom they’re referring to is for white people.
This land is stolen land and Black people still aren’t free.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) July 4, 2021
“When they say that the 4th of July is about American freedom, remember this: the freedom they’re referring to is for white people. This land is stolen land and Black people still aren’t free,” she said.
Oh, and remember that tweet where she said that white supremacists stood behind a hill and shot at them while they protested the “murder” of Michael Brown?
A spokesperson for re-election campaign issued the following statement earlier this week.
“While on the frontlines of the Ferguson Uprising, Congresswoman Bush and other activists were shot at by white supremacist vigilantes. The question we need to ask is why white supremacists feel empowered to open-carry rifles, incite violence, and put Black lives at risk across our country.”
While we agree with that no one should be inciting violence, there is a problem with the whole of Bush’s claims.
Ferguson Police Chief Frank McCall Jr. said Monday he didn’t know that there was any record of such an incident.
“None that I’m aware of,” he said.
Rest assured, the lack of evidence will probably only empower Bush to make baseless assertions, given that she has no problem spreading lies when the evidence seems to overwhelmingly prove her wrong.
Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”. While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.
And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.
And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.
‘Squad member’ Rep. Cori Bush continues calls to defund police while paying $130K in personal security
After reports surfaced earlier in October detailing the latest campaign spending numbers that showed Rep. Cori Bush has shelled out over $130,000 for her personal security, the FEC data caused a resurfacing of her August interview where she defended her spending money on personal security while advocating for defunding the police.
— James Cooper (@stratosphere53) October 17, 2021
On October 15th, new spending numbers released by the FEC detailed that Rep. Bush had spent an additional +$64,000 in private security, on top of the previously reported $70,000 that circulated this past August.
We at Law Enforcement Today had previously reported on Rep. Bush’s private security spending due to the glaring hypocrisy of her simultaneously calling to defund the police while she literally uses campaign money to enlist a private police force for herself./
When Rep. Bush was confronted this past August during a CBS interview over her funding personal security while actively championing the defunding of police, Rep. Bush had the following to say about the matter:
“They would rather I die? You would rather me die? Is that what you want to see? You want to see me die? You know, because that could be the alternative.
So either I spent $70,000 on private security over the last few months, and I’m here standing now and able to speak, able to help save 11 million people from being evicted. Or – I could possibly have a death attempt on my life.”
Rep. Bush continued during the interview, proclaiming that she was under threat from “the white supremacist racist narrative” and that her funding private security while calling to defund the police is because her “body is worth being on this planet right now.
Watch Cori Bush explain her position on "defund the police" while paying for private security – CBS News https://t.co/bOZxk65TGQ
— Ralf E. Ulrich (@f8andthere) August 21, 2021
She concluded with saying what she spends on personal security is irrelevant because she has “work to do” and that citizens need to “suck it up” because “defunding the police has to happen”:
“I’m gonna make sure I have security because I know I have had attempts on my life. And I have too much work to do, there are too many people that need help right now for me to allow that.
So if I end up spending $200,000, if I spend ten more dollars on it, you know what, I get to be here to do the work. So suck it up. Defunding the police has to happen. We need to defund the police and put that money into social safety nets.”
This can't be real. https://t.co/lyECX47Bcm
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) August 5, 2021
It’s hardly surprising to see that many look at the matter as being both hypocritical and completely tone deaf.
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