‘Squad member’ Rep. Cori Bush continues calls to defund police while paying $130K in personal security

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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.

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.

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.”

It’s hardly surprising to see that many look at the matter as being both hypocritical and completely tone deaf.

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Back in July, we at Law Enforcement Today shared a report where Fox News host Trey Gowdy commented on this very topic of Rep. Bush funding personal security while wanting average citizens to be left devoid of the protections afforded by police.

Here’s that previous report.

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Gowdy slams lawmakers’ double standards on defunding police efforts while funding private security for themselves

(Originally published July 28th, 2021)

Trey Gowdy from Fox News’ “Sunday Night in America” ripped into lawmakers that have been funding private security for themselves while they also attempt to defund the police for everyday citizens in America.

During the July 25th broadcast of “Sunday Night I America”, show host Trey Gowdy opened with how there are very real dangers that members of Congress can encounter while making public appearances:

“Members of Congress are spending more money than ever on their personal security. It’s a tragic reflection of the times we live in. Gabby Giffords was shot meeting with constituents in Arizona.

Steve Scalise was shot practicing for a charity baseball game. Elected officials on both sides of the aisle have been threatened with all manner of violence.”

After highlighting some of the unfortunate dangers with being a public official, Gowdy also pointed out that elected officials, like members of Congress, have no shortage of police and security at their fingertips:

“Members of Congress are allowed to spend campaign money on their safety. Some members of Congress even travel with personal security when they’re in their districts and states.

There’s also a police presence when requested for members of Congress. The Capitol itself is heavily guarded – police are everywhere – there are metal detectors and dogs trained to detect guns, and explosives and panic buttons and restricted access. You name it, and it’s there.”

But Gowdy then shifted to asking the audience whether they feel as safe, rhetorically asking whether an average citizen has a police presence or observable general safety measures that somewhat resemble that of an elected official’s:

“Safety is priority number one for members of Congress, as it should be. But what about you? Are you safe? Do you feel safe?

Could your neighborhood benefit from a greater police presence? Is your place of work armed with metal detectors and guard dogs? Are the streets you walk, and ride down lined with police cars? Do you have personal security when you travel?”

Gowdy brought the point home, noting that while he understands why members of Congress are concerned for their personal safety – and receive a quality of security unmatched to regular citizens – he can’t understand why those same Congress members would entertain lessening police availability for average citizens:

“I understand full well why members of Congress spend money on their personal safety. I just don’t understand why some members of Congress don’t feel the same way about your safety. If their safety is the highest priority, shouldn’t your safety be, too?”

One of the Congress members that Gowdy brought up was Rep. Cori Bush, one of the biggest proponents for defunding police, who seems to fancy the idea of police and security when it comes to her own wellbeing:

“Cori Bush represents St. Louis, Missouri in Congress. She wants to defund the police. Well, let me be more precise – she wants to defund your police. But not her police.

She spent nearly $70,000 on her own personal security last year. I don’t know about your city or state, but $70,000 would get you your own personal police officer in South Carolina – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

Gowdy capped the take off with noting that Congress members like Rep. Bush seem to think they’re better and more worthy of protection than regular Americans:

“Cori Bush tells us she’s progressive. The better word might be hypocritical. She wants to defund your police while she has a robust personal security detail in Washington and St. Louis. And that sends the clear message that her safety is more important than yours.”

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Rep. Cori Bush wants to ‘defund the police’, but spent taxpayer money on her private security

(Originally published June 5th, 2021)

MISSOURI– Democratic Missouri Rep. Cori Bush has been an outspoken advocate of the Black Lives Matter organization, and has openly pushed for the defunding of police. 

Law Enforcement Today recently reported that Bush even went as far as to praise the Black Lives Matter activist who wished death upon police officers and said “fry ’em like bacon.”

It is very interesting, that a woman who feels such hatred for police officers, and pushed to defund them, used taxpayers money to hire them to protect her through a private security company, according to newly released Statement of Disbursements of the House records reviewed by the Daily Caller.

Bush, who has become the newest member of the hypocritical progressive-Democratic group in Congress known as “the Squad”, falls right in line with her fellow Congresswomen, as back in April, it was reported that they too spent thousands of campaign funds on private security protection for themselves. 

According to the new Statement of Disbursements of the House records, Bush also spent taxpayer funds on a day of private security for herself between Jan. 1 to March 31, the Daily Caller reported.

On February 19, 2021, Bush reportedly spent $880.00 on private security services through RSAT Security Consulting LLC.

The company’s Facebook page says that RSAT Security Consulting is led by a team with “50+ years of experience across national security, energy security, police, and military security operations.”

RSAT’s Instagram page shows photos of police officers, military members, and members of the Secret Service.

Additionally, according to Bush’s April Quarterly 2021 financial report, she spent over $30,000 on her own private security, while demanding that police be defunded. 

As the Daily Caller reported, Bush’s financial records show that:

  • On Jan. 18, 2021, Bush spent $1,060.00 on security from Whole Armor Executive Protection in Bowie, Maryland.
  • On Jan. 21, 2021, Bush spent $5,000 on security from Nathaniel Davis, Jr in her home state.
  • On Jan. 25, 2021, Bush spent $530.00 on security from Nathaniel Davis in Palo Alto, Calif.
  • On Feb. 17, 2021, Bush spent $7,743.75 on security from RS&T Security Counseling LLC in New York City.
  • On Feb. 25, 2021, Bush spent $5,000 on security from Sandler, Reiff, Lamb, Rosenstein & Birk in Washington DC.
  • On Feb. 26, 2021, Bush spent $5,812.00 on security from RS&T Security Counseling, LLC in NYC.
  • On March 15, 2021, Bush spent $5,000 on security from Nathaniel Davis Davis, in Saint Louis, Missouri.
  • On March 15, 2021, Bush spent $2,456.25 on security from RS&T Security Consulting LLC in NYC.

Bush even called out former President Barack Obama via Twitter for not defunding the police in December 2020, after Obama called the term “defund the police” a “snappy slogan”. 

Bush said in the tweet:

“With all due respect, Mr. President—let’s talk about losing people. We lost Michael Brown Jr. We lost Breonna Taylor. We’re losing our loved ones to police violence. It’s not a slogan. It’s a mandate for keeping our people alive. Defund the police,” 

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