The hypocrisy is so brazen.
In the first quarter of 2022, Rep. Cori Bush spent tens of thousands of dollars on private security and pushed for a security bill of more than $300,000. At the same time, she continues supporting and advocating the defunding of the police movement.
According to the Missouri Democrat’s campaign report, $70,489 was spent on security services between Jan. 1 and March 31. This is also shown through the Federal Election Commission filings. These include a $50,489 payment to Peace Security, a $15,000 payment to Cortney Merrits, and a $5,000 payment to Nathaniel Davis.
During the entirety of this election cycle, Bush has paid a total of $304,152 for security.
Still, even as she continues to make security payments, she refuses to stop advocating to defund the police. The continued support of certain Democratic members of the defund the police movement is something feared by many in the party as the 2022 midterm elections are approaching.
“I always tell [fellow Democrats], ‘If you all had fixed this before I got here, I wouldn’t have to say these things,'” Bush said in an interview with Axios in February.
Bush has also stated that the “defund the police” slogan isn’t the problem, but the Democrats under-delivering on their promise is.
When the first security payment by Bush was publicized in July of 2021, many began asking questions about whether it was hypocritical to call for the defunding of law enforcement while hiring extra security.
In response to the controversy, Bush asked, “They would rather I die?” She continued. “You would rather me die? Is that what you want to see? You want to see me die? You know, because that could be the alternative.”
Bush has continued to say that security was necessary as there have been attempts on her life. She also said, “So suck it up, and defunding the police has to happen.”