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Far-left Missouri Rep. Cori Bush, a staunch “Defund the Police” advocate, reportedly used nearly $1,000 of taxpayer money to hire her own private security for one day back in mid-February.
Every quarter, the U.S. House issues a Statement of Disbursements (SOD) that lists “all receipts and expenditures for U.S. House of Representatives Members, Committees, Leadership, Officers and Offices,” according to the U.S. House.
Covering Jan. 1st to March 31st, the latest filing shows that Bush spent $880.00 to contract RSAT Security Consulting LLC’s services on Feb. 19th, 2021.
On the 19th, Bush “held a local swearing-in ceremony … at Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis,” according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
“Bush was sworn-in officially in Washington D.C. on Jan. 4, but returned in St. Louis for a ceremony closer to her constituents,” the paper reported.
While the SOD doesn’t explain why she needed security to visit her hometown, it should be noted that St. Louis is one of the nation’s most crime-ridden cities.
“St Louis, Missouri, holds the unenviable record of the highest murder rate in America, ahead of Baltimore, Chicago and Detroit for the sixth year running,” The Telegraph reported last month.
Incidentally, the city’s recently inaugurated mayor, Tishaura Jones, is herself a staunch “Defund the Police” advocate.
“[D]espite 262 killings in 2020 – more than twice as many as London in a city with the population of Brighton – residents have just voted in a new mayor promising to defund the police and close the city’s most notorious prison,” according to The Telegraph.
Bush is a big fan of Jones and her mission to “Defund the Police.”
It’s a new day in St. Louis, and Black women are leading the way. Congratulations, Mayor @Tishaura.
Let’s get to work. pic.twitter.com/7UHarC8Z6D
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) April 7, 2021
“Today’s decision to defund the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is historic. It marks a new future for our city. We are building a St. Louis where elected officials lead in partnership with activists, organizers, and our communities. We are building a St. Louis where our schools are funded, and our unhoused neighbors can be sheltered,” Bush excitedly said in a press release after Jones unveiled her first budget in late April.
“We are building a St. Louis where our streets are safe and our youth can grow and prosper — where we can not just survive St. Louis, but thrive. I look forward to continuing to work in partnership with Mayor Tishaura Jones — and I commend her for her incredible leadership with today’s decision,” she added.
The budget called for defunding local police by $4 million by eliminating 98 posts.
Like Bush, Jones also appears to enjoy her own private security detail.
“While St. Louis City Mayor Tishaura Jones looks to cut open police positions in the city, she’s adding officers to her personal security team. … Under former St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, only two police officers were assigned to her security detail. According to a spokesperson for the police union, when Mayor Jones took office, she doubled the number to four,” local station KMOV reported in late April.
This sort of hypocrisy appears to be a staple among “Defund the Police” Democrats.
The Daily Caller has confirmed that combined, all four members of the House’s so-called “Squad” — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Bush — have spent tens of thousands of dollars for their own security. All four are “Defund the Police” advocates.
Bush herself reportedly spent a total of $30,000 of her own PAC money for private security between January and March alone.
As she’s been busy protecting herself, she’s also been busy demanding that the protection offered to the public be eliminated. In fact, she went so far as to lecture former Democrat President Barack Hussein Obama, an avid left-winger himself, on Twitter in December for criticizing the radical movement:
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) December 2, 2020
“With all due respect, Mr. President—let’s talk about losing people. We lost Michael Brown Jr. We lost Breonna Taylor. We’re losing our loved ones to police violence,” she tweeted to the former president.
Michael Brown was a Ferguson resident who was fatally but justifiably shot by the police in 2014 after he strong-arm robbed an immigrant store owner and then attacked a police officer.
Brown was, in effect, a criminal — the type who hurt and victimized innocent people. Yet people like Brown are whom the likes of Bush are concerned about. And themselves, of course, which is why they’re constantly hiring private security.
As for the innocent people who’ll inevitably be hurt by their “Defund the Police” policies, they don’t seem to care. Victims like 10-year-old Ladavionne Garrett, Jr., who was shot and almost killed while riding home in a car with his parents last month.
During a press conference in mid-May, his grandmother, Sharrie Jennings, unloaded on activists like Bush for seemingly not giving a damn about her grandson.
“Why ain’t nobody mad about a 10-year-old, my grandson, fighting for his life? Because a cop didn’t shoot him, is that why?” she asked.
Not once has Bush or any of her fellow “Squad” members ever spoken out about victims like Garrett. To them, it seems the real victims are always the criminals …
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