Washington, DC – Despite her demands to defund the police, 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.
RSAT Security Consulting is “led by an executive management team and training staff with a combined 50+ years of expertise across national security, energy security, police, and military security operations” and provides “a wide range of training classes and programs fine-tuned by decades of real world experience in designing, implementing and managing various security service programs,” according to the company’s Facebook page.
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.
Three other left-wing Democrat U.S. House representatives collectively known as “The Squad,” which includes Bush, have been doling out tens of thousands of dollars for their own private security.
According to Federal Election Commission (FEC) records, Bush, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York), 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.
The other members of “The Squad” have been extremely vocal about their anti-police agendas.
Ocasio-Cortez balked when New York 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.”