House Speaker Nancy Pelosi deems the “Defund the Police” movement dead on arrival, saying that it does not reflect the direction of the Democratic Party.
“The other thing weighing on people now is rising crime. There appear to be some divisions among Democrats on how to handle it,” Stephanopoulos said.
“Your colleague Karen Bass running for mayor of Los Angeles trying to increase had the police force in L.A. Cori Bush, congresswoman from Missouri, is saying time to defund the police. She is sticking by that.
You’re the speaker. How do you think Democrats should address rising crime?”
Pelosi responded saying, “With all due respect in the world for Cori Bush, that’s not the position of the Democratic Party.
“Community safety to protect and defend in every way is our oath of office. We’re all concerned about mistreatment of people.
“That’s why Karen Bass had The Justice in Policing Act. We would hope to get some of that done, whether it’s no-knock, chokehold, or some of those issues even if we can’t get it all done.”
The House Speakers further statements were some that conservatives have found to sound somewhat like election-year pandering, considering the hardline stance the DNC previously took on police.
Pelosi said, “Make no mistake, community safety is our responsibility. I quote one of my colleagues from New York, Ritchie Torres, a brand new member of Congress way on the left, saying that ‘defund the police’ is dead. That causes a concern with a few in our caucus. But public safety is our responsibility.”