Democrat Cori Bush: I Get Private Security To Protect Me, So ‘Suck It Up’ And ‘Defund The Police’

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Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) declared during an interview on Thursday that “defunding the police has to happen,” a statement that she made immediately after she told critics to “suck it up” when she was faced with questions about her paying tens of thousands of dollars for private security.

“You faced some criticism in recent weeks over your push to defund the police,” a CBS News host said to Bush. “Campaign records show that you spent roughly $70,000 on private security, and some critics say that move is hypocritical. What’s your response to those critics?”

“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,” Bush said. “There are too many people that need help right now for me to allow that. So, if I end up spending $200,000, if I spend $10 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 added. “We need to defund the police and put that money into social safety nets.”

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REP. CORI BUSH (D-MO): The thing, I won’t let them get that off, you can’t get that off. 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. So, if I end up spending $200,000, if I spend $10 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. We need to defund the police and put that money into social safety nets.

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