Far-left Democrat Representative Cori Bush, a member of the so-called ‘Squad,’ slammed President Joe Biden for criticizing the ‘defund the police’ movement during his State of the Union speech, pointing out that he failed to mention “black lives once.”
The President called for more money to be allocated toward training law enforcement officers and giving them the resources they need to protect their communities.
“We should all agree,” Biden said. “The answer is not to defund the police.”
“The answer is to FUND the police with the resources and training they need to protect our communities,” he added.
The phrase ‘fund the police’ began trending on social media shortly thereafter.
Watch: President Biden won bipartisan applause during his first State of the Union address for saying the solution to protecting communities is not to defund the police, but to “fund the police” with resources and training #SOTU2022 https://t.co/jy4N0ipOt9 pic.twitter.com/jjJ3KRlKx6
— TIME (@TIME) March 2, 2022
Cori Bush is Not a Fan of Biden’s Plan to Fund the Police
That video clip is remarkable for the hypocrisy all around – bipartisan applause that included cheers from Democrats such as Vice President Kamala Harris who promoted a bail fund for rioters who were setting cities ablaze with their ‘defund the police’ protests.
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One person who wasn’t thrilled with Biden’s comment, however, was Missouri Democrat Cori Bush.
“With all due respect, Mr. President. You did not mention saving Black lives once in this speech,” Bush tweeted. “All our country has done is give more money to the police. Result? 2021 sets a record for fatal police shootings.”
With all due respect, Mr. President. You didn’t mention saving Black lives once in this speech.
All our country has done is given more funding to police. The result? 2021 set a record for fatal police shootings.
Defund the police. Invest in our communities. https://t.co/t0n0EpHMwd
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) March 2, 2022
Bush is referencing a Washington Post database that reveals 1,055 people across the United States last year were fatally shot by police officers, up from 1,021 in 2020 and the most since they started tracking statistics in 2015.
AOC, Ilhan Omar, Cori Bush and some others do not stand for line about $350B to fund police in American Rescue Plan. Cori Bush also does not stand for line about “the answer is not to defund the police.” shouts something and points to her shirt…. https://t.co/fCLisFHeqn
— Emily Brooks (@emilybrooksnews) March 2, 2022
Clemency to Those on Death Row
Cori Bush sent a message to President Biden even before his SOTU address began.
Bush wore a bright red shirt with the number 18,000 printed across the front.
“My State of the Union fit,” she tweeted. “18,000. That’s how many people whose clemency petitions are sitting in a backlog, waiting for @POTUS’s review.”
Did anybody in the room last night know what that number meant? If you have to explain the commentary every time, are you really getting your message across?
My State of the Union fit.
18,000. That’s how many people whose clemency petitions are sitting in a backlog, waiting for @POTUS‘s review.
Justice delayed is justice denied. President Biden, we’re urging you: start granting clemency now. pic.twitter.com/ruRsQykPqJ
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) March 2, 2022
Aside from being a ‘defund the police’ activist, Bush has long been a proponent of granting clemency to everybody currently sitting on death row.
The Missouri Democrat made her views clear in an op-ed with Time Magazine.
“If [Biden] truly opposes the death penalty,” she wrote, “he must do everything in his power to stop it for good. Granting clemency to all on federal death row is his most effective tool.”
Let’s call this what it is: state-sanctioned murder.
I’m thinking of Brandon Bernard and his family—the system failed them. We cannot allow this to continue. The Biden-Harris administration should commute the sentence of every single person on federal death row. https://t.co/B3hGa6pFKN
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) December 11, 2020
While demanding Biden defund the police and mention ‘black lives,’ Cori Bush is currently number five on the list of lawmakers who pay most for private security details.
She spent $233,700 this past year on personal security according to an Axios report.
Bush, in an interview with CBS News this past August, argued that it’s not hypocritical for her to spend money on private security while trying to defund the police, telling critics to “suck it up” and suggesting any judgment of her actions means people ‘want her to die.’
“They would rather I die?” she said. “You would rather me die? Is that what you want to see?”
Not all of Bush’s threats are real, however.
Last year she made the wild claim that ‘white supremacists’ opened fire and ‘shot at’ her during the protests in Ferguson, Missouri over the death of Michael Brown in 2014.
When we marched in Ferguson, white supremacists would hide behind a hill near where Michael Brown Jr. was murdered and shoot at us.
They never faced consequences.
If Kyle Rittenhouse gets acquitted, it tells them that even 7 years later they still can get away with it.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) November 15, 2021
The Ferguson police chief says he’s unaware of any such incident.
Left-leaning fact-checking resource Politifact requested evidence multiple times from Bush that the shootings ever took place, but she and her campaign never replied.
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