Former US Representative Trey Gowdy criticized Congresswoman Cori Bush on his Fox News show Sunday night for spending nearly $70,000 on private security while openly calling for police punishment.
“Cori Bush tells us she’s progressive, the better word might be hypocritical,” Gowdy said on his new show Sunday Night in America.
Bush, a freshman Democrat from Missouri, spent $69,120 on “security services” from April 15 to June 28. deposits with the Federal Election Commission.
Payments were made to New York-based RS&T Security Consulting LLC and a Nathaniel Davis of St. Louis, Mo.
“Congress members are spending more money than ever on their personal safety,” said Gowdy, a four-year-old Republican from South Carolina who left office in 2019.
“It’s a tragic reflection of the times we live in… security is the number one priority for congressmen, as it should be. And you?’
Crime has risen in some parts of the US as the country reopens after Covid-related lockdowns.
In New York, crime concerns were at the heart of the mayoral race, leading to the June Democratic primary of former NYPD officer Eric Adams.
Cori Bush, 45, was elected as the first black woman to represent Missouri in the House in 2020
Bush, 45, is an outspoken advocate of the defunding of the police movement, which seeks to divert public funds away from law enforcement agencies and into social services.
The movement gained momentum after last year’s police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and subsequent protests, some of which turned violent.
“When we talk about defoundation, we’re talking about the need to get rid of the parts of our society that harm and kill us — and invest in the parts that keep us healthy and alive,” Bush tweeted on May 30. .
“We deserve life.”
Bush has said police in the US are built to “enable white supremacy.”
“It’s not just a few bad apples, it’s a rotten tree,” she tweeted on Feb. 17.
Bush spent nearly $70,000 on private security in just two and a half months this year jaar
During protests after the police murder of George Floyd last year, there were calls to ‘impeach the police’. Above, protesters face police during a May 30 march in Chicago
“We need to transform public safety — and that starts with abolishing the police and reinvesting in our communities.”
Some Democratic Party members, including party stalwarts such as former President Barack Obama and South Carolina House Majority Whip James Clyburn, have warned against using the divisive slogan “defund the police.”
“But if you instead say, ‘Let’s reform the police so that everyone is treated fairly, you know, keep young people from getting into crime,'” Obama said in a statement. Snapchat Show in Dec. “And if there was a homeless person, could we possibly send a mental health worker there instead of an armed unit that could lead to tragedy?”
“Suddenly a whole bunch of people who might not otherwise be listening to you are listening to you.”
Gowdy, 56, pointed out that Bush’s security costs in his home state would go a long way.
“She wants to punish the police – she wants to punish your police, but not her police,” the host said.
She spent nearly $70,000 on her own personal safety last year. I don’t know what your city or state is, but $70,000 would get your own personal police officer in South Carolina. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.’