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QUOTE OF THE DAY: The Democrat Words Republicans Love to Hear

Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., pledged Tuesday to keep using the slogan “defund the police” ahead of the 2022 midterms despite her fellow Democrats’ pleas to stop.

THE QUOTE

Speaking at an event for black journalists, Bush rejected the mainstream consensus that her favored anti-police slogan has hurt Democrats politically, Axios reported.

  • “‘Defund the police’ is not the problem,” she said, instead blaming her party’s failure to enact its left-wing agenda. “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.”
  • Bush acknowledged colleagues have told her “defund the police” is hurting them with voters, but said her message is: “If you all had fixed this before I got here, I wouldn’t have to say these things.”

COUNTERPOINT

In recent months, an array of Democrats have warned that the party’s progressive legislative ambitions are out of touch with the priorities of everyday Americans.

  • Polling has repeatedly borne out that view and shown that Americans generally want more, not less, spending on police, amid a national crime wave.
  • Sixty-eight percent of voters, including 59% of Democrats, think boosting police funding would lower crime rates, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday.

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