Douglas Andrews / August 6, 2021

Cori Bush Hates Cops but Loves Security

The St. Louis Democrat doubles down on her “defund the police” lunacy.

It must be nice to be able to afford $70,000 on private security for oneself, while at the same time denying basic security to poor folks in crime-ridden neighborhoods who don’t have a spare 70 grand lying around.

Who would do such a thing? Cori Bush, that’s who.

Bush, the freshman Missouri Democrat congresswoman and ardent Black Lives Matter apologist, embodies all that’s wrong with our elected class. Let ‘em eat cake, she seems to be saying to her St. Louis constituents, few of whom can afford to hire a private security firm, but all of whom live in one of the most murderous cities in the nation. Whether unwitting or uncaring, Bush has doubled down on her demands for defunding the police while at the same time ensuring that she herself doesn’t have to deal with the awful blowback of her idiotic anti-cop policies.

How do we know that defunding the police is an idiotic policy? Because even Bush’s fellow Democrats have been tripping over themselves to run away from it.

Try as they might, though, they won’t be able to shake last summer’s self-inflicted wound from the George Floyd riots, when one Democrat after another got caught up in the “defund” hysteria.

Here’s what Bush said:

I’m going to make sure I have security because I know I have had attempts on my life and I have too much work to do there, too many people that need help right now for me to allow that. So, if I end up spending $200,000, if I spend 10 more dollars on it — you know what? I get to be here to do the work. So suck it up. And defunding the police has to happen. We need to defund the police and put that money into social safety nets.“

Listen for yourself:

"I can’t stress enough how insulting it is to the families who’ve lost loved ones and kids to the rise of violent crime here in Missouri,” said the state’s attorney general, Eric Schmitt, who also noted that Bush’s St. Louis district saw a 50-year high in homicides in 2020.

In short, Bush conducted a master class in electoral alienation. And she did so with maximum efficiency. As National Review’s Rich Lowry quipped, “How to combine out-of-touch high handedness with a commitment to a outlandishly radical and unpopular policy position in one 30-second clip — very impressive.”

No less a leftist organ than CNN understands how toxic Bush’s position is. “There is no issue better for Republicans in swing districts (and worse for Democrats in swing districts) than the idea that Democrats in Washington want to defund the police,” CNN regretfully reports.

The numbers bear this out. A USA Today/Ipsos poll conducted in late June and early July showed that just over one in five Americans support defunding the police, while 77% oppose it.

But if you ask Bush about all the hullaballoo, she’ll say that “a white supremacist, racist narrative” is trying to stifle her. Uh-huh.

Shut up, Bush’s fellow Democrats must wish they could explain to her. But such is the life of a privileged Beltway politician who’s utterly out of touch with the American people.

Footnote: Demo Mayors nationwide have demonstrated the same level of abject hypocrisy as Cori Bush…

Chicago – Mayor Lori Lightfoot Cut 400 police officers in 2020 Spent $6.2 million on police protection from 2019 to 2020

New York City – Mayor Bill de Blasio The city council approved reducing the police budget from $6 billion to $1 billion in 2020 Spent $358,000 on police protection for his presidential bid from 2019 to 2020

San Francisco – Mayor London Breed Said the city would divert $120 million from law enforcement in 2020 Spent $7.8 million on police protection from 2018 to 2020

Baltimore – Mayor Brendon Scott Police budget cut by $22 million in 2020 Spent $3.6 million on police protection for Scott, State Attorney Marilyn Mosby, and Police Commissioner Michael Harrison in 2020

San Diego, California – Todd Gloria Reportedly pushed for $4.3 million cut from police overtime budget Spent $2.6 million on police protection in 2020

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