Members of the far-left “Squad” who have stumped for defunding police departments around the country amid substantial rises in violent crime are collectively among the biggest spenders for their own private security, according to a Tuesday report.
The Daily Mail reported that according to information garnered from Federal Election Commission reports, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), and Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) “have funneled thousands into private security.”
Earlier this year, reports noted that Bush, one of the most vocal of the Squad in defunding police, spent roughly $70,000 on private security between April 15 and June 28, a figure she happily defended while still calling for stripping funds from police departments to spend on social welfare programs.
“I’m going to make sure I have security 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,” she told CBS.
“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,” she continued.
“We need to defund the police and put that money into social safety nets.”
According to FEC records, Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign spent more than $4,600 for “security services” provided by Tullis Worldwide Protection between January and June, while Pressley shelled out roughly $7,500 — about $4,000 in the first quarter and an additional $3,500 in the second quarter.
“Omar was the most frugal, spending just $2,800 in her second quarter. All of her spending was local in St. Paul and nearby Ramsey, Minnesota,” the Daily Mail added.
The four members believe that defunding police departments will prevent the shootings by officers of unarmed blacks, like those including Michael Brown and Breonna Taylor.
To that end, Omar and Pressley are co-sponsors of the People’s Response Act, which would change the country’s approach to law enforcement and would also create a division of public safety within Health and Human Services. The measure earmarks $7.5 billion in grant money to state and local governments, community-based groups, and others to fund various crisis response and public safety initiatives that did not include the use of armed police officers.
Also, Pressley has sponsored the BREATHE Act recognizing and honoring those killed by police including Taylor, Tony McDade, George Floyd, and others. The act “allocates new money to build healthy, sustainable, and equitable communities, in addition to stripping federal resources from incarceration and policing,” the Daily Mail reports.
Last month, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) took to the chamber’s podium to mockingly support an anti-defund police measure.
(Video: The Hill)
“Madam President! I am so excited! This is perhaps the highlight of this long and painful and torturous night. This is a gift,” an animated Booker began.
“If it wasn’t [a] complete abdication of Senate procedures and esteem, I would walk over there and hug my colleague from Alabama,” he continued.
“And I will tell you right now, thank God, because there are some people who’ve said that there are members of this deliberative body that want to defund the police, to my horror,” Booker continued, sounding an insulting tone.
“And now, this senator has given us the gift of finally, once and for all, we can put to bed this scurrilous accusation that somebody in this great esteemed body would wanna defund the police,” the Democrat said.
“And I would ask unanimous consent to add something else to this obvious bill. Can we add also that every senator here wants to fund the police, believes in God, country, and,” Booker said, before pausing for effect to bang the podium, “apple pie!”
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