Rep. Cori Bush claims ‘defunding the police has to happen,’ but contends she needs private security for her own safety

During her demonstration against the Biden administration’s end to the eviction moratorium, Representative Cori Bush told reporters she will pay for private security while supporting defunding the police.

When a reporter asked about the contradicting stance and actions, Bush said, “Either I spend $70,000 on private security over the last few months and I’m here standing now and able to speak, able to help save 11 million people from being evicted or I could possibly have a death attempt on my life.”

Recent reports confirm that Bush spent $70,000 on private security over the last three months. Continuing, she retorted, “I have private security because my body is worth being on this planet right now. I have private security because they, the white supremacist, racist narrative that they drive into this country, the fact that they don’t care that this black woman that has put her life on the line, they can’t match my energy, first of all, this black woman who puts her life on the line, they don’t care that I could be taken out of here.”

She continued, saying, ​”Defunding the police has to happen. We need to defund the police and put that money into social safety nets because we’re trying to save lives.” After strong opposition, the government set another eviction moratorium extension, this one until October. 



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Antoinette is a community college student in Sacramento, California. She is a Politics Editor at Fact Based America, a correspondent for Campus Reform, and a student journalist. She previously worked for Turning Point USA as a High School Coordinator.

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