'Defund Police' Advocate Cori Bush Claims She Needs Private Security or She'll 'Die'
'You would rather me die? Is that what you want to see?'
Anti Police Democrat Rep. Cori Bush faced fire for telling CBS News the police need to be defunded despite having her own personal security worth thousands.
Bush, who camped outside the Capitol in protest of the first eviction moratorium, has been accused of being hypocritical for spending $70,000 on private security.
At the same time, she pushed to defund the police.
Bush was asked to respond to the mounting criticism by CBS anchor Vladimir Duthiers.
"They would rather I die?" Bush asked.
"You would rather me die? Is that what you want to see?"
"You want to see me die? You know because that could be the alternative."
Bush said she needed private security because of attempts on her life and has "too much work to do."
"So suck it up, and defunding the police has to happen," she added.
Cori Bush: I’m going to make sure I have private security but defunding the police needs to happen. pic.twitter.com/6jbv4HLlGs— Mike Berg (@MikeKBerg) August 5, 2021
She suggested two options:
1: Stay on the Capitol steps and stop evictions
2: Or have a possible attempt on her life.
"I have private security because my body is worth being on this planet right now," she added.
She then claimed "a white supremacist, racist narrative" is trying to stifle her.
Bush was blasted for her contradictory remarks.
In less than 30 seconds...— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) August 5, 2021
Cori Bush: “I’m going to make sure I have security.”
Also Cori Bush: “And defunding the police has to happen. We need to defund the police.”pic.twitter.com/yDgo0wviG2
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., wondered if he had heard Bush correctly.
"This can't be real," Cotton tweeted.
This can't be real. https://t.co/lyECX47Bcm— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) August 5, 2021
Last month, Bush introduced a bill to replace law enforcement with “community-led first responders" as crime surges across the nation.
NBC News reported the bill would establish a Division on Community Safety within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and would "focus on supporting those disproportionately criminalized by police."