In the latest installment of the Democrats’ favorite game, “Do As I Say, Not As I Do,” yet another member of the far-left ‘Squad’ has revealed that she believes that well, quite frankly, her safety is more important than yours.
Last year’s quarterly Statement of Disbursements, which tracks office spending by Members of Congress, Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) is shown to have spent tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money on her own private security.
All while being an outspoken advocate of defunding the police.
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The Daily Caller combed through the Statement of Disbursements, noting that between May and December 2021, Pressley spent $63,000 on “security service” from what is called the Members’ Representational Allowance (MRA).
The MRA is basically the budget every office receives for spending on official duties – items like staff salaries, office supplies, official travel, etc.
The Daily Caller notes that while the records show the “security service” payments are directed to the House of Representatives Financial Administrator, to exactly whom the money ultimately went is unknown.
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) called out Pressley and her squad mates for their blatant double standard.
“Ayanna Pressley and her fellow Squad members have repeatedly called for our police to be defunded while simultaneously paying top dollar for their own private security with taxpayer funds. All while violent crime rates are surging across our cities. Pressley and the rest of the Squad want police for them but not for us. Democrats are the party of elitist hypocrites and defunding the police. The American people know this, and that is why this November there will be a red tsunami.”
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While the hypocrisy level of Democrats is legendary, the Squad has taken it to the next level. And Rep. Pressley is certainly not the first of the far-left crew to put her “ok for me but not for thee” attitude on full display.
Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) was perhaps the least apologetic and the most seemingly entitled to private security. Last August, in an interview with CBS News, when asked about a possible double standard being waved about, Bush asked, “They would rather I die? You would rather me die? Is that what you want to see?”
It got better. Bush then declared, “I have private security because my body is worth being on this planet.” Bush also stated that whether she spent $70,000 or $200,000, it was worth the cost because, “I get to be here to do the work.”
But the cherry on the cake of Bush’s self-unawareness was this, “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.”
And certainly not to be outdone but perhaps the most fiscally responsible of the Squad was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). Back in August of 2021, Ocasio-Cortez spent a paltry $4,636 to a private security firm called Tullis Worldwide Protection for “security services.”
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While Ayanna Pressley and the rest of the Squad refuse to back down from their “defund the police” narrative, the majority of Democrats are well aware that this idea is not playing well, especially in an election year, and are attempting to distance themselves from the slogan.
During his recent State of the Union address, President Joe Biden stated, “We should all agree: The answer is not to defund the police. It’s to fund the police. Fund them. Fund them. Fund them with resources and training.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in a recent appearance with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, quoted Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY), who described defund the police as “dead.”
When Stephanopoulos referred to the position of Bush, Pelosi replied, “That’s not the position of the Democratic Party, with all due respect to Cori Bush. Community safety to protect and defend in every way is our oath of office.”
Could be interesting to see who wins the defund the police tug-o-war in November.
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