Democratic Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri, a Democrat who strongly advocates for defunding the police, appeared to take aim at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) by tweeting the link to a piece titled, "Pelosi's 'defund the police' dismissal is insulting — and it hurts her legacy."
"With a mandate to end police brutality, why oppose redirecting money from racist policing into social programs proven to save Black lives? Our movement for racial justice helped deliver the White House & Congress. We won’t stop until we get justice," Bush tweeted when sharing the link to the piece on MSNBC's website.
"Democrats presented an ambitious police reform agenda as one reason for voters to elect them in 2020, and that agenda included plans to 'reorient our public safety approach toward prevention, and away from overpolicing.' Moving away from overpolicing, it would seem, requires a level of disinvestment," the piece by Ja'Han Jones on "The ReidOut Blog" declares. "It's on Pelosi and her fellow Democrats to defend that disinvestment in overpolicing — not run from it when that position seems politically inconvenient."
During a recent interview on ABC's "This Week," Pelosi said that the Democratic Party does not support defunding police, declaring, "that is not the position of the Democratic Party."
Pelosi said that "public safety is our responsibility."
The lawmaker said "we're all concerned about mistreatment of people," adding that this is the reason Rep. "Karen Bass had the Justice in Policing Act." Pelosi said, "we would hope to get some of that done ..."
While some members of the Democratic Party advocate defunding the police, the notion is highly controversial in the U.S., and many Americans oppose the concept.
"We need to defund the police and put that money into social safety nets because we're trying to save lives," Bush said last year.