Brooklyn, NY – Left-wing New York City mayoral hopeful Maya Wiley has vowed to slash the city’s police force by $1 billion if she is elected, all while living in a $2.75 million home surrounded by private security.
Wiley, 57, has been proudly endorsed by U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York), another anti-police politician who has demanded police defunding while simultaneously shelling out tens of thousands of dollars for her own private security.
Wiley lives in a 4,000-square-foot home with her two daughters and her husband, 58-year-old multimillion dollar investment fund CEO Harlan Mandel, according to the Daily Mail.
Their posh neighborhood is patrolled by private security that they and their neighbors pay for.
Mandel has been forking $550 per month for the service, according to the Daily Mail.
Wiley claimed back in December of 2020 that she had no idea she was one of about 100 residents in their neighborhood who were contributing to the private security, the New York Post reported.
She blew off the need for security when questioned by reporters at the time, saying it was “ridiculous and we shouldn’t have it,” according to the paper.
A New York Police Department (NYPD) source accused the mayoral wannabe of “pandering for votes,” and said her plans to defund the department are “asinine,” the New York Post reported.
“Here they are wanting to defund the police — but to keep my family safe, we hire private security, which is probably staffed by retired cops or military,” the source ranted, according to the paper. “Cops laugh about it all the time. Cops know when they retire, they will get hired by someone like Wiley.”
She has also blasted programs for talented children as being “racially discriminatory,” even tough one of her daughters has attended an academy for the gifted, the Daily Mail reported.
Wiley pays out a whopping $51,000 per year for her other daughter’s private schooling.
“She talks the talk, but doesn’t walk the walk,” a political observer told the Daily Mail.
Wiley, a former member of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration, is one of eight major contenders vying for the Democratic nomination.
She was running in fifth place prior to Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement on Saturday, the Daily Mail reported.
— Maya Wiley (@mayawiley) June 5, 2021
Pushing to defund law enforcement while paying out tens of thousands of dollars for private security has been a common theme for many progressive politicians as of late.
U.S. Representative Cori Bush (D-Missouri), used taxpayer dollars to pay for a day of her own private security back in February.
According to Statement of Disbursements of the House documents, taxpayers shelled out $880 to RSAT Security Consulting LLC on Feb. 19 to cover the anti-police congresswoman’s private security expenses for that day, the Daily Caller reported.
Bush also used campaign funds to pay for a whopping $32,602 in private security services the first three months of this year alone, the Daily Caller previously reported.
Bush lashed out at former President Barrack Obama in a tweet late last year after he criticized the “defund the police” slogan.
“With all due respect, Mr. President…we’re losing our loved ones to police violence,” Bush tweeted on Dec. 1, 2020. “It’s not a slogan. It’s a mandate for keeping our people alive. Defund the police.”
She isn’t the only member of the U.S. House to demand police be defunded while simultaneously ensuring she has her own private security team.
Two other left-wing Democrat U.S. House representatives collectively known as “The Squad,” which includes Bush and Ocasio-Cortez, have also been paying for private security.
According to Federal Election Commission (FEC) records, Bush, Ocasio-Cortez, Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota), and Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-Massachusetts) spent a combined total of $79,559.81 on security services from January through March, the Daily Caller reported.
During the first three months of this year alone, Ocasio-Cortez shelled out $39,667.45 for “security,” according to the news outlet.
Pressley paid $4,186.75 for her security, and Omar doled out $3,103.61, the Daily Caller reported.
Ocasio-Cortez was upset that New York only slashed $1 billion from its police budget last year, and demanded a bigger hit, The Hill reported.
“Defunding police means defunding police,” she said in a statement at the time. “It does not mean budget tricks or funny math. It does not mean moving school police officers from the NYPD budget to the Department of Education’s budget so the exact same police remain in schools.”
Pressley said during an interview last year that defunding law enforcement puts society “on a pathway to reimagining how we ensure the health and safety or communities,” Boston.com reported.
“If you really believe that black lives matter, it is in how we legislate and it is in how we move on these budgets,” she said at the time. “It’s about the investments that we make.”
“There will be unrest in the streets for as long as there is unrest in lives of black Americans,” Pressley added. “The tipping point has been these most recent murders of unarmed black folk, but that’s not the only reason people are in the street. They are in the street because of the unjust outcomes across every issue, from housing to transportation to education to health care.”
Omar declared last year that the Minneapolis Police Department needs to be dismantled because it is “rotten to the root,” The Hill reported.
“You can’t really reform a department that is rotten to the root. What you can do is rebuild,” Omar said at the time. “And so, this is our opportunity, you know, as a city to come together and have the conversation of what public safety looks like, who enforces the most dangerous crimes that take place in our community.”
Although not part of “The Squad,” Representative Maxine Waters (D-California) is also well-known for her anti-police antics and repeated attempts to whip protesters into a frenzy.
Waters didn’t bother with paying for private security when she traveled from Washington, DC to Brooklyn Center, Minnesota in April to call on activists at a Daunte Wright protest to take to the streets and get “confrontational” if former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin wasn’t found guilty for the murder of George Floyd.
She simply asked U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) to escort her on the taxpayers’ dime, the Washington Examiner reported.
“I’m here from Washington, D.C., because I could not sleep, I could not rest, I could not be satisfied that another young black man has been killed by police,” Waters, 82, told a crowd of protesters in Brooklyn Center upon her arrival with her entourage. “I’m here to say that I stand with you, I stand with his family, and I stand with everybody who cares about justice.”