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.
- “‘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.”
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.