Defund the Police is ‘dead,’ Pelosi declares — Analysis
The current Democratic Party does not endorse defunding police, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D.California), said Sunday.
Pelosi’s decision to distance her party from the movement was in response to comments made by Representative Cori Bush (D-Missouri), who is a Defund the Police supporter. First-time Congresswoman Pelosi was critical of Democrats who were less willing to support the Defund the Police slogan and movement, which gained significant popularity in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020.
“Well, with all the respect in the world for Cori Bush, that is not the position of the Democratic Party,” Pelosi told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “Community safety, to protect and defend in every way, is our oath of office.”
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Although the House Speaker acknowledged that reforms were needed in police, he declared: Defund the Police “dead.”
“I quote one of my colleagues from New York, Ritchie Torres, a brand new member of Congress way on the left, saying that ‘defund the police’ is dead,”Sie said. “That causes a concern with a few in our caucus. But public safety is our responsibility.”
Bush said last week to reporters, “Defund the Police” is his movement. “not the problem”She “absolutely”Feels pressured by colleagues to reduce her rhetoric about police reform.
“We dangled the carrot in front of people’s faces and said we can get it done and that Democrats deliver, when we haven’t totally delivered,”Sie said.
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