Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) says she’s not going to stop using the slogan “defund the police” ahead of this fall’s midterms — even though some of her colleagues have made that request.
Why it matters: Progressives — and that slogan specifically — were blamed for Democratic losses in 2020. The 2022 midterms are even more challenging, yet Bush said during an hourlong conversation with Black reporters that she’s sticking to her activist roots.
- “I always tell [fellow Democrats], ‘If you all had fixed this before I got here, I wouldn’t have to say these things,'” she said.
- Bush acknowledged her party needs to do a better job of explaining exactly what it means with its call to shift some law enforcement monies to preemptive social services.