At a time when Democrats are running and hiding from their previous public positions of stripping funding from the nation’s law enforcement agencies, one prominent politician is doubling down on her efforts to “defund” the police.
Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) continues to wave the banner for taking money away from police departments across the country and putting it into social services and other pet programs.
CNN’S DON LEMON: “If you could do it again, would you still double down or use that slogan ‘defund the police?’”
DEMOCRAT REP. CORI BUSH: “Absolutely!” pic.twitter.com/Pf9womDdfc
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 6, 2022
Interviewed by CNN’s Don Lemon on Wednesday in the midst of the current national crime wave, Bush deflected blame for Democratic losses from the “defund the police” narrative that the party popularized.
In fact, the congresswoman said there is no data that shows the position cost elections. This runs counter to many Democrats who feel that the platform hurt their party’s image.
Lemon pressed further, asking Bush “if you could do it again, would you still double down or use that slogan, ‘defund the police?’” The representative responded with “absolutely.”
There is strong disagreement from many within her party’s ranks, including Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC). Shortly after Democrats lost congressional seats in the 2020 election, he said that Senate candidate Jamie Harrison was harmed tremendously by the sloganeering.
Clyburn told the New York Times in 2021 that the “defund the police” phrase “cut the throats” of Democrats in 2020 and that his constituents did not believe in it.
The progressive wing of the party embraced both the slogan and its meaning, but most other Democrats have tried to separate themselves from what it stands for.
Not so for Cori Bush, however, who even in 2022 does not see the mistake made by herself and her fellow radicals in looking to cut the legs out from under the nation’s law enforcement agencies.
Instead, she blindly laid blame on unspecified “other factors” as to why, in a year when the party won back the White House, many other candidates felt they were impeded by the phrase. As for Republicans, they can only wish Bush the best of luck with her sloganeering.