Radical leftist and “Squad” member Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) reacted to the move being made by many Democrats, including President Joe Biden, away from the “Defund the Police” movement in this midterm election year by doubling down on the defund agenda during a congressional hearing last week.
Bush claimed that many of her fellow lawmakers are “spewing lies” about her position on defunding American police departments while maintaining that individual police officers are wanton killers.
She said that many of her colleagues do not want to talk about the “rise of violence” by the police as they rush to “spew lies and right-wing talking points” about police funding. She said that even after “millions of people” marched in 2020 to demand an end to brutality by the police, there were only “15 days in 2021” when police officers didn’t “kill someone.”
Even as ordinarily progressive Democrats are sensing the strong public sentiment against defunding police as violent crime surges nationwide, Bush is refusing to back down. She has acknowledged that several fellow Democrats have asked her to stop advocating for the defund agenda, but apparently has no plans to end her crusade.
The congressional district that Bush represents includes much of metropolitan St. Louis, which saw 263 murders in 2020. The city’s murder rate of around 64 per 100,000 residents was the highest in the entire nation in 2019.
Bush has been an activist for Black Lives Matter since the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014. Her advocacy intensified during the nationwide riots that followed the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in 2020. She was also marching in support of the crowds that gathered around the home of Mark and Patricia McCloskey in St. Louis and during the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse last year she said that “white supremacist snipers” were shooting at protestors in Ferguson. There were no actual reports of any sniper fire in Ferguson at the time.
Bush is one of the “Squad” members in Congress who has spent thousands of dollars on private security while fiercely demanding the police departments intended to protect the general public be defunded.
Democrats are certain to seek ways to moderate their radical public image as a troubling midterm election forecast gets even more gloomy for them. It remains to be seen if they have a plan for keeping Cori Bush out of sight.