Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Cori Bush (D-Missouri) doubled-down on her calls to “defund the police” on Wednesday while simultaneously telling her critics she deserves expensive private security because she has important work to do.
“So, suck it up!” she declared during a CBS interview.
Bush has dumped nearly $70,000 into her own personal security over the past three months, all while calling for police to be defunded.
Between April 15 and June 28, Bush sent a whopping $54,120.92 in campaign funds to RS&T Security Consulting for “security services,” FOX News reported.
The transactions, as well as an additional $15,000 paid to Nathaniel Davis for “security services” during the same block of time, were included in the Federal Election Commission (FEC) records that were released July 22, according to the news outlet.
The FEC records indicate the anti-police Congresswoman spent a total of $197,000 in campaign expenditures between April 15 and April 20.
More than a third went towards “The Squad” member’s private security, which was nearly double what she doled out for security during the last quarter, FOX News reported.
During her Wednesday interview with CBS, Bush was asked about the criticism she has faced by racking up a hefty private security bill while also demanding police be defunded.
“Some critics say that move is hypocritical,” the CBS anchor noted. “What’s your response to those critics?”
“They would rather I die?” she asked, breaking into a huge smile. “You would rather me die? Is that what you wanna see? You wanna see me die? You know, because that could be the alternative.”
Bush said that her decision to spend $70,000 on private security for herself is why she is “here standing now.”
She said the people who are criticizing her are actually the ones to blame for her “need” for security.
“We’re talking about the same exact people who say horrible things about me – who lie to build up their base – and then because they lie about me, I receive death threats,” Bush declared.
“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,” she rambled, waving her arms wildly.
Bush said she is going to make sure she is protected no matter what.
“I’m gonna make sure I have security because I know I have had attempts on my life,” she claimed. “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 end up spending 10, 10, 10 more dollars on it – you know what? I get to be here to do the work. So, suck it up!”
As far as defunding the police goes, Bush said her position hasn’t changed.
“Defunding the police has to happen,” she preached. “We need to defund the police and put that money into social safety nets because we’re trying to save lives!”
“What other occupation can do work that’s out of their scope and still be propped up to do work that’s out of their scope?” Bush asked. “As a nurse, I can’t be the surgeon, too…At what point do we pay police to be social workers? Nah. We don’t. How do they get to be social workers?”
The Congresswoman argued that defunding the police and having private security is necessary in her case “because those same folks are causing it.”
“If I have actual police officers who have threatened my life…tell me that I don’t need security,” she raged. “My security is not against communal violence. My security is not to keep me safe from the people of St. Louis. My security is to keep me safe from those racist attempts made against my life!”
Bush said she is going to deep walking with her “head up” and her “shoulders back” because she knows she is “on the right side of history.”
“If they want, they can come and meet me to my face!” she declared. “You show up and fight for the people the way that I have! You put your body on the line the way that I’ve put my body on the line! Until you can do that, I suggest you take several seats.”
When one of the CBS news anchors asked Bush if she’d been threatened by law enforcement officers, the Congresswoman began giggling.
“Absolutely,” she replied. “The thing is, they can threaten my life and I’m still working for them. I’m still gonna make sure their families are taken care of, because…if you have a need, I’m gonna take care of you, because that’s my job.”
The CBS anchor pushed Bush a bit further about her bombshell allegation, noting that he hoped she had done something to make sure the law enforcement officers who she claimed threatened her life have been removed from the streets.
Bush smirked and shrugged her shoulders.
“Ya know, its – work is being done,” she stammered. “You know, there’s nothing that comes in that, that um, is not being handled, so we’re, we’re fine. We’re fine. We’ll keep moving.”
While Bush was spending tens of thousands to ensure her own safety, she simultaneously called for law enforcement to be defunded.
When St. Louis lawmakers voted to defund the city’s police budget by $4 million and to eliminate nearly 100 vacant officer positions on April 29, Bush praised the move as a “historic” moment.
“For decades, our city funneled more and more money into our police department under the guise of public safety, while massively underinvesting in the resources that will truly keep our communities safe,” Bush declared in a statement at the time.
“The people have demanded a new approach to community safety — and from the Mayor’s office to the Halls of Congress, we were elected to deliver one,” she continued. “We have a mandate to fully fund our social services. To invest in our communities, not criminalize them. To end police violence. To provide alternatives to police like unarmed mental health professionals or social workers to respond to crisis calls. That is what organizers in our communities have fought for, that is what St. Louis has demanded, and that is what we, as elected officials, promised St. Louis.”
Bush said she is “incredibly proud” St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones endorsed the proposal to defund the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department (SLMPD).
“Today’s decision to defund the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is historic,” the congresswoman wrote. “It marks a new future for our city.”
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 one single day, the Daily Caller reported.
Bush also used campaign funds to pay for another $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.