Rep. Bush: ‘I’m Gonna Make Sure I Have Security’ But ‘Defunding The Police Has To Happen’

[Image: Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO)-- CBS News YouTube video screenshot.]

Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) told CBS News on Wednesday that police officers “need” to be defunded, despite making sure she has her own “private security”.

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, Fox News reported.

Rep. Bush said she would ensure she has security because she allegedly has had attempts on her life and has “too much work to do.”

“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’s too many people that need help right now for me to allow that,” Bush claimed.

“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,” she said. “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,” Bush added. Video Below

Rep. Cori Bush’s remarks in part:

Meanwhile, Press secretary Jen Psaki falsely claimed last month that Republicans wanted to “defund the police”. She had tried to spin the American Rescue Plan – the $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package.

Psaki claimed in a press conference that Joe Biden championed the American Rescue Plan because it “could help ensure local cops were kept on the beat in communities across the country”, adding, “As you know, [it] didn’t receive a single Republican vote. That funding has been used to keep cops on the beat.”

Moreover, 78-year-old Joe Biden was asked by a reporter last month about the Democratic Party’s anti-police position, however, Biden ultimately diverted, attacking the Republican Party.

“Are there people in the Republican Party who think we’re sucking the blood out of kids?” Biden bizarrely responded.

Rep. Cori Bush’s full remarks:

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