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Campaign Filings Show Rep. Cori Bush Continues to Be a Defund the Police Hypocrite

Campaign Filings Show Rep. Cori Bush Continues to Be a Defund the Police Hypocrite

Bush is the latest member of AOC’s “Squad” to take the “security for me but not for thee” approach to defunding the police.

As Democrats continue to try rewriting their history of support for the “Defund the Police” movement, some of them are also once again demonstrating that they have a “security for me but not for thee” approach on the matter.

According to information from recent campaign filings, freshman Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) has paid out close to $70,000 in the second quarter for private security:

Bush’s campaign sent $54,120.92 in payments between April 15 and June 28 for “security services” to RS&T Security Consulting, a New York-based firm with a mysterious online presence, Federal Election Commission records released Thursday show. The Democrat’s campaign also paid $15,000 to Nathaniel Davis for “security services” over the same time period.

The $69,120 in security payments accounted for more than a third of Bush’s $197,000 in campaign expenditures during the second quarter, the FEC records show. It’s also nearly double what her campaign spent on private security during the first quarter of 2021.

Bush has been one of the staunchest proponents of pulling funding from police department budgets in her state, saying back in January that “Defunding the police isn’t radical, it’s real.”

In May, after St. Louis moved forward with plans to gut the St. Louis Met PD’s budget despite the fact that the city is one of the most dangerous in the country, Bush called the vote “historic” and said it “marks a new future” for the city:

“Today’s decision to defund the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is historic. It marks a new future for our city.”

“For decades, our city funneled more and more money into our police department under the guise of public safety, while massively underinvesting in the resources that will truly keep our communities safe,” she continued.

Bush added: “But even as more and more money has gone into policing, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department continues to be the deadliest police force in the nation, year after year—all while violence in our communities continues to skyrocket.”

In addition to using campaign funds to pay for private security, Bush also spent taxpayer dollars on security for a least one event during the first quarter.

Other members of “The Squad” have spent thousands on private security this year, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley:

Meanwhile, however, Ocasio-Cortez has paid $3,000 per month on a New York-based “security consultant” service since December, 2020, though she was spending $5,000 per month on the same security consultant beginning May 5, 2020, as The Daily Caller first reported.

Since the start of 2021, she has spent more than $25,000 on “security” costs dated Jan. 25; more than $1,500 on security detail for a February trip to Houston after a shocking winter storm devastated the area; nearly $4,000 on “security services” dated Jan. 19; and nearly $850 on “security services” dated Feb. 2.

Not surprisingly, Democrats who get caught doing stuff like this rarely respond to requests for comment when they get called out.

Last summer, after the city of Minneapolis unanimously voted to begin the process of defunding the police, several city council members were found to have been getting tens of thousands of dollars in taxypayer-funded private security after allegedly facing threats of violence over their vote to defund the police.

If the polling over the last year or so on defunding the police is a reliable indicator, most people are fully awake on this issue at this point and oppose decimating police departments, and support either maintaining the current police presence in their communities or increasing it.

It’s radical left-wing politicians like Bush who still don’t seem to get it, nor do they seem to care about the concerns expressed by their constituents that their calls go too far. Instead, they continue to enjoy the type of security details that most Average Joes and Janes cannot afford.

I believe this is what they call “Democratic privilege” – not that any of them would ever admit to it.

— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —

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Comments

Cori. The black sheep of the Bush family.

2smartforlibs | July 18, 2021 at 4:17 pm

Liberal playbook: Rules for thee but never for me.

The Friendly Grizzly | July 18, 2021 at 4:21 pm

Imagine a conversation between Bush, Jackdon-Lee, Waters, and the funny hat congresswoman.

    Alexa, what is “unintelligible”?

      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to UJ. | July 19, 2021 at 6:53 am

      “Unintelligible is best defined with an example. ‘Peach fohtee-fi’ is one such example. By the way, did you know that Amazon has a free Ebonics translator for Kindle Unlimited subscribers?”

I suspect defunding the police is about creating a vacuum in the metro areas that will be filled by DNC thugs who will enforce ‘right-think / speak’.

Lately I’ve remembered a book of Christian fiction I read decades ago about the tribulation period, in which a group formed under quasi Biblical tenets and called “Feed My Lambs” or (FML) seized physical control of city operations under the direction of antichrist’s gov’t. At the time I thought it all too far fetched but seeing now the way BLM and Antifa are flexing in Portland, Seattle, et al, it looks like the author wasn’t so far off – coming close even on the name – FML rather than BLM.

“By any means possible” has come to mean enforcing democrat ideals by rampant crime, etc.

    Arminius in reply to MrE. | July 20, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    It is classical Marxism to view criminals as a “friendly social element.” Under classical Marxist critical theory criminals are only criminals because of the oppressive capitalist system, which is designed to protect the bourgeoisie and their class interests. Critical Race Theory simply redefines capitalism as oppressive because it’s racist. It’s still aimed at destroying capitalism and imposing Marxism, but they CRT mongers will simply call you a racist if you oppose communism.

    The Bolsheviks didn’t release “ordinary” criminals; they weren’t that suicidal. But they did view them as victims of the oppressive classist system. So they gave murderers, rapists, thieves, etc., privileged positions in the gulag archipelago. Essentially, they made them trustees and put them in charge. Which is one reason the gulag system was so murderous.

    Then American Marxists talk about defunding the police it isn’t as if they won’t have a replacement armed force patrolling the streets of America enforcing their “laws.” You’ve met them; Antifa/#BLM and like minded leftists.

Taiwanese Lady | July 18, 2021 at 4:53 pm

Rather amusing that these clowns think they need to be “secure.” No one out there has any one of them in any cross hairs. Their paying for unneeded security is just self-pampering as their “importance.”

    amatuerwrangler in reply to Taiwanese Lady. | July 18, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    Respectfully, I beg to differ.

    These clowns are not paying for anything. If they haven’t “reassigned” tax funds to cover the security, they had used campaign contributions for it. Their out-of-pocket is zero.

    And lets set an over-under on when it becomes known that the security outfits getting this money are closely related to the politicos or to their staff members. So they just might be sending other people’s money into their own pocket, or to the pocket of someone close to them. Just a thought. I’ve been wrong before…

Ego driven. She is trying to create the impression that she is A Very Important Person.
Hopefully she won’t be around long. After the last governor and AG, MO went 100% GOP for every Statewide office, the GOP has super majorities in both houses, and the Representatives are now 6-2 GOP with an excellent chance at 7-1.

Elite privilege. Defund police protection for the ordinary citizens while using their coffers to fund police protection for themselves. An anti hypocrisy statute that precludes engaging in the conduct you seek to limit is looking ever more appealing.

In light of all that has happened since last summer, this woman sounds as stupid as Alexandra Cortez.

“We deserve life.

— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) May 30, 2021”

n.n. ?

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to thetaqjr. | July 19, 2021 at 6:58 am

    Don’t know about n.n , but LI’s resident grizzly’s reply to, “We deserve life” is, “Leavenworth, or Allenwood?”

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