Missouri Representative Cori Bush has simultaneously called for the defunding of police, and defended her use of private security in the same breath.
Fox News reported, Bush slept outside the Capitol this week to protest the end of the first eviction moratorium that was put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic. The representative was once homeless herself. She and Democratic leaders celebrated a short-term victory on Wednesday after the moratorium was extended to early October, albeit in a constitutionally dubious fashion.
But in recent days Bush has been called hypocritical for spending $70,000 on private security while pushing to defund the police. CBS anchor Vladimir Duthiers asked Bush to respond to the criticism.
Bush claims that she uses private security because she knows that there has been attempts on her life.
She fails to understand that plenty of other people have attempts on their life as well, but don’t have pockets deep enough to afford private security.
The “defund the police” movement was backed and born from an organization (BLM) that prides themselves on protecting those that they view as vulnerable. Most often racial minorities but also the poor and LGBTQ community.
Defunding the police, in its very nature will make the vulnerable even more vulnerable. They can’t afford private protection, and the defunding of the police causes a decrease in public protection.
“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,” Bush cried out.
Nobody said that they’d rather Bush die, the idea is that those calling her out would prefer that she just not be a blatant hypocrite.
“So suck it up, and defunding the police has to happen,” she proclaimed seconds later.
Cori Bush would prefer that she has security, and others (the poor) do not. Adequate protection only for those who can afford it.