A black reverend is calling out Democratic Congresswoman Rep. Cori Buch, D-MO, for her doubling down on calls to “defund the police” even as she herself plans to hire private security.
Her policies, he says, will hurt minorities the most.
“There has been no substantial response from the mayoral candidates to this unbelievable display of violence in the poorest and Blackest neighborhoods in this city,” Rev. Eugene Rivers told the Boston Herald. “Any mayoral candidate that fails to present a systematic, evidence-based policy prescription and program to reduce the violence which is plaguing Boston’s poorest neighborhoods should not be elected to the office of leading executive of the city.”
The comments come after Rep. Bush sparked major backlash and controversy after she once again called to defund the police.
“I’m going to make sure I have security,” Rep. Bush told CBS earlier this week. “Because I know I have had attempts on my life, and I have too much work to do. There are too many people that need help right now for me to allow that. So, if I end up spending 200,000, if I spend ten more dollars on it, you know what, I get to be here to do the work. 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. Because we’re trying to save lives.”
Republicans pounced on Rep. Bush’s comments and have already started planning to use it in campaigns.
“During an interview with CBS Cori Bush was asked if she is a hypocrite for spending $70,000 on private security while advocating for defunding the police,” the National Republican Congressional Committee said. “Her answer speaks for itself and will be appearing in many Republican midterm ads…”
Turns out Rep. Bush is not alone. To read more about how the Squad made the same hypocritical decision, read here.