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Rep. Cori Bush Doubling Down on ‘Defund the Police’ Despite Requests From Fellow Progressives

Rep. Cori Bush Doubling Down on ‘Defund the Police’ Despite Requests From Fellow Progressives

“I always tell [fellow Democrats], ‘If you all had fixed this before I got here, I wouldn’t have to say these things'”

Representative Cori Bush of Missouri continues to push defund the police policy, even as other progressive Democrats have asked her not to do so.

Democrats are getting absolutely hammered on crime and they know this issue is going to hurt them in the midterms later this year.

It’s important to point out that this Axios report from Alexi McCammond describes ‘defund the police’ as a slogan. It’s not a slogan, it’s a policy position:

Rep. Cori Bush isn’t backing down on “defund the police” slogan

Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) says she’s not going to stop using the slogan “defund the police” ahead of this fall’s midterms — even though some of her colleagues have made that request.

Why it matters: Progressives — and that slogan specifically — were blamed for Democratic losses in 2020. The 2022 midterms are even more challenging, yet Bush said during an hourlong conversation with Black reporters that she’s sticking to her activist roots.

  • “I always tell [fellow Democrats], ‘If you all had fixed this before I got here, I wouldn’t have to say these things,'” she said.
  • Bush acknowledged her party needs to do a better job of explaining exactly what it means with its call to shift some law enforcement monies to preemptive social services.

If Democrats lose their House majority this November, Bush says she’ll blame their inability to pass crucial pieces of legislation upon which members campaigned a year ago.

  • “‘Defund the police’ is not the problem,” she added. “We dangled the carrot in front of people’s faces and said we can get it done and that Democrats deliver, when we haven’t totally delivered.”
  • “If [Republicans] take the majority, it’s just done as far as trying to get the legislation across,” Bush said.


Cameron Jenkins of The Hill has more and like Axios, describes defund the police as a slogan:

Many of Bush’s colleagues have blamed the use of the slogan for Democratic political losses. They also fear the phrase will be used against them in the midterm elections.

Bush said that if Democrats lose the House majority in November, it will be because the party failed to pass key legislation…

She also said that her party members should work harder to explain the meaning behind the slogan.

Defund the police is intended to divert funds from police departments and toward social services.

Another reason the White House and a number of Democrats have shunned the phrase is because of rising crime in the United States, which Republicans have sought to blame on calls to defund the police.

The GOP has signaled it intends to use rising crime statistics against Democrats in the coming campaign.

Let Cori Bush keep talking. She is doing Republicans a huge favor.


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I just cannot understand her. Maybe Jane Goodall could help.

    Whitewall in reply to E Howard Hunt. | February 10, 2022 at 10:13 am

    There is really no understanding possible of an ideology based on mental illness.

    Didn’t she get shot at the other day?

    The NRA should go into her neighborhood and teach marksmanship.

    Or maybe get Red from “That 70’s Show” – I I’d love to understand you, but I don’t speak dumbazz!! Her HYPOCRISY is the only thing uglier than her face. Maybe she should explain to her constituents the difference in POLICE protection for their communities vs PRIVATE protection for HER!! The next R Administration needs to pass a law FORBIDDING PRIVATE PROTECTION for Congress! Seems like there’s some kind of mention of Congress not passing laws that they are not subject to!

She’s an impressive sort

All I have to say Ms Bush is,
Mmmmm hmmm. Keep talking, we see your dark soul.

Agreed, let her keep talking this way, the louder and more obnoxious the better. Let her shout it from the roof tops. Let her go on MSNBC and CNN and hammer her point home. Let her blame everybody under the sun.

Keep going, Cori. You’re one useful fool.

Fuck me thats one butt ugly mother fucker!

Why are Democrats so fucking pig ugly?

taurus the judge | February 10, 2022 at 10:20 am

Old Klingon Proverb:

Never interrupt your enemy when they are f*kng up.

JackinSilverSpring | February 10, 2022 at 10:28 am

1. Buy yourself a firearm, and learn how to use it. Then, if you can, get a concealed carry permit, and do carry.
2. Campaign to have police relocated away from areas they are not wanted to areas where they are wanted; and then avoid area with no police.

    There are few places where police are genuinely not wanted, but the loud voices might make us think there are. For example, the people in Minneapolis who saw police presence pull back started complaining about rising crime rates (imagine that). Which goes to show that the loud mouths can easily hurt themselves.

    You wanted no cops? Here ya go. Enjoy your too-late regrets!

      tbonesays in reply to DSHornet. | February 10, 2022 at 12:18 pm

      Didn’t the Minneapolis City Council quietly vote to REfund the police?

      MajorWood in reply to DSHornet. | February 10, 2022 at 1:54 pm

      I am pretty sure that the Uniform Crime Reports stats will show at least 500, and possibly 1000 more blacks were murdered in 2021 as opposed to 2020 (90% of them by other blacks if numbers are consistent from year to year) as a direct result of BLM and defund the po po movements. The thugs be loving this. I also point out that the 20 “say their names” they love to throw out as a justification for less police, read white police, includes at least 10 felons who were in the process of commiting another felony.

      Ironically, my neighborhood is actually safer because many of us are a) more vigilent and b) packing. I like to remind the tweekers that they shouldn’t make the mistake of thinking that their life can’t get any worse. It can, and quickly.

    The problem with that is that the people calling for NO POLICE do not live in the areas that NEED the Police! Dang, a LOT of these “representatives” don’t even LIVE in the areas they “represent” – maybe it should be a LAW that they do!!

I will say this for Bush: She is more truthful than most of her Communist comrades (that is an admittedly low bar). Like the rest of the Communist Party she seeks to repurpose the police into a NKVD-like organization that focuses on liquidating political enemies (“racists”) rather than actual crime. But only Bush will say the quiet part out loud.

At any rate the battle lines are clearly drawn. The Communist Party, along with filthy GOP quislings like Mitch McConnell, Mitt Romneycare, Dan Crenshaw, and others seek to turn America into a new Soviet Union – complete with gulags (the J6 protestors are merely the first), show trials and terror in the form of “national security concerns”. Bush is merely stating what they all believe and lust for.

    Her colleagues are not communists.

    Liquidating opposition? You mean like Ion Antonescu, Benito Mussolini, Salazar or Franco? That isn’t a uniquely communist thing.

    You mean the side with every major corporation backing itself?

    You mean the side that wants a massive increase in free trade that had one of the largest free trade agreements on the table for a vote in 2015?

    You mean the side that represents every upper class district in this country?

    Speak sense, our battle right now is a cultural and political battle for the country, and we are losing.

    A lot of the reason we are losing is the right uses mythology instead of fighting on the real battlefield.

    Being up against communists instead of a party backed by some of the most successful capitalists of all time (Jeff Bezos is wealthier than Crassus was and if Midas was a historic figure would probably be wealthier than him to) that consists of ordinary Americans is a comforting myth, but myths come at a big price (as Democrats found in 2016 when their myth of permanent hold on the white house due to minority vote ended).

      mailman in reply to Danny. | February 10, 2022 at 12:23 pm

      Fuck off danny….these clowns are many things. Just because they worship the power of the mighty dollar does not make them anyones friends other than themselves.

      They aren’t stupid. They know how to grease the wheels of the Democrat controlled machine. They are in this for their own benefit and see you as nothing more than a step towards their goal of harvesting you like a two bit whore on a Sunday morning.

        You are keeping my comment mod day interesting, mailman, but not in a good way. Lay off the insults and ad hominem directed at LI readers, please (in this thread and others). I’m letting this stand because I’m pretty sure Danny doesn’t care what you say and I need a place to issue this warning. You can express your ideas without attacking our readers. I know you can, I’ve seen you do it for years. 🙂

        Danny in reply to mailman. | February 10, 2022 at 3:21 pm

        Again not everything bad is Marxist this is the equivalent of the left insisting everything they think is bad is racist.

        Fuzzy Slippers is right I don’t mind the insults, but you insult yourself even more than me by insisting on the communist label for the upper crust of American society, an upper crust that includes some of the most successful businessmen and industrialists of all time.

        To go over their fiscal policy objectively

        Inflation (Weimar Republic and interwar Poland anyone? A bad policy but one plenty of capitalists have adopted) and a slightly higher tax rate (there are plenty of capitalist countries with higher tax rates than we have).

        What we have to do is difficult. We need to fight a cultural battle against other Americans, who have the backing of our elites, and our corporations and our institutions including government and academia and to have any chance of winning we need to avoid falling into the same hatreds the left has. I understand if you would prefer to fight imaginary communists who will be seizing the means of production and putting us on collective farms, feel free to.

        BLSinSC in reply to mailman. | February 11, 2022 at 9:12 am

        You make a good point on the dems’ and many of the R’s reasons to be in power and could be a tad more acceptable to others IF – IF you cut the vulgarity! I’m probably like many others that just quit listening or reading at the first “f” word!

      thetaqjr in reply to Danny. | February 10, 2022 at 12:32 pm

      Yep, the only barriers to our perfecting communist/fascist state here in the US are our 1) multiple levels of independent courts, 2) multiple, independent political parties, 3) stringent opposition to theocracy, 4) devoted respect and observance of the Rule of Law, 5) our hordes of independent news sources, and 6) the absence of 5-10 mm, government-sanctioned paramilitary organizations loosing dark shirted thugs for stomping up and down our streets at night setting fires, and breaking crystal and bones.

      Yes, indeed, one tiny whiff of an untoward breeze in any direction, and we’ll just topple over the precipice into totalitarian rule.

      I quake.

        Danny in reply to thetaqjr. | February 10, 2022 at 3:26 pm

        Which is why every election is important, even if it is a local councilman race most of us (including me) tend to forget is happening.

        Eddie Coyle in reply to thetaqjr. | February 11, 2022 at 8:31 am

        ” government-sanctioned paramilitary organizations loosing dark shirted thugs for stomping up and down our streets at night setting fires, and breaking crystal and bones.”

        Sounds exactly like the paramilitaries that prop(ped) up Chavez and Miduro in Venezuela… Or the mostly peaceful BLM/Antifa riots in the USA all during 2020…

      CommoChief in reply to Danny. | February 10, 2022 at 12:37 pm

      Danny has a good point here about totalitarianism. It is employed by folks of all stripes who seek to gain or maintain power.

Bush is being primaried in August, Given her schtick is “the activist in Congress” we can expect to see much more of this tripe before then.

However, there are some indications that the voters have grown up and grown fed up with tripe like this since her last campaign. Without the momentum of antifa and BLM marches/riots she may not even get to the general election.

She is one unique breed of idiot.

“If you all had fixed this before I got here, I wouldn’t have to say these things …”

Translation: Everyone else is worthless. I am the only person who truly cares, so get out of my way while I fix the world with my own special wonderfulness.

I hope her colleagues are duly impressed and respond accordingly.

Stupid is as stupid does.

That picture makes it look like Bush thinks someone boofed.

    henrybowman in reply to JohnC. | February 10, 2022 at 3:01 pm

    Every time I see that lovely portrait of Bush, I develop a three-hour (at least) earworm of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “That Smell.”

Politically speaking Bush isn’t wrong in pointing out that d/prog promised the moon to their base in terms of a legislative agenda and haven’t delivered. Of course with a very slim HoR majority and a 50/50 Senate they would have had to compromise mightily with r as well as within their own coalition of moderates v prog.

As for defund police; it makes no sense. In order to bring about a realistic implementation of the changes in LEO tactics, techniques and procedures required to support the new policies there will be massive costs in training. If you have a ten year vet Cop and you alter the ‘how’ of a particular encounter then retraining to overcome the n years worth of prior muscle memory is required. Writing out a new policy is great but that is far from the end of it. Retraining and sustainment training to new policies will be required and that takes additional money not less.

This detritus was brought to you by the jug-eared overlord. He might have been out of office for 5 years but we are still dealing with what he did.

I’m sorry. I know this is completely politically incorrect. And I apologize in advance. But THIS is the face of the U.S. Congress? God help us all.

Keep talking, we will tie Bush and the rest of the Squad, and CRT, unfettered illegal migration, crime, inflation, loss of energy independence, etc. around Brandon’s neck like so many millstones. 11/08/22 will be a blowout of epic proportion well beyond congress. Dem losses will reach down to state, county and municipal levels.

Damn, she’s as pretty on the outside as she is on the inside.

by comparison, bush makes oc-cz seem nearly sentient