Watch: Pelosi's Biggest Walk-Back Ever, A Total Delusional Rant
Democrats have pandered to the defund crowd in hopes it would help them get votes. Now that it's failed and crime is at an all-time high, Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to pretend like Democrats had nothing to do with it while another Dem just fully endorsed the defund movement.
Democrats Cori Bush just fully endorsed the 'Defund the Police' slogan in his campaign just before Pelosi made this claim:
"Democratic Rep. Cori Bush is going to keep calling for defunding police departments, even while she complains that Democrats can’t get any meaningful police reforms across the finish line. Go figure.
“Well, with all the respect in the world for Cori Bush, that is not the position of the Democratic Party,” Pelosi said during an appearance on ABC’s This Week. “Community safety, to protect and defend in every way, is our oath of office. And I have sympathy — I — we’re all concerned about mistreatment of people.”
Pelosi touted the House-passed Justice in Policing Act, which would overhaul national policing standards, saying, “Make no mistake, community safety is our responsibility.”
The House speaker’s comments came in response to Bush’s statement last week that “‘defund the police’ is not the problem.”
“We dangled the carrot in front of people’s faces and said we can get it done and that Democrats deliver, when we haven’t totally delivered,” she said, adding that she tells her Democratic colleagues that if they had “fixed this” before she got there she wouldn’t have to “say these things.”
She added that she “absolutely” felt pressure from fellow Democrats to change her position, saying they have told her the phrase is not helpful for them with their own constituents.
.@SpeakerPelosi says “defund the police” is “not the position of the Democratic Party" as lawmakers remains split over how to address crime.
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) February 13, 2022
Cori Bush wondered aloud recently how, if Democrats couldn’t pass their police reform bill “back when millions of people were marching in the street,” then how could Democrats expect to push police reforms through as smaller, individual pieces of legislation. All the while, she insists that “’Defund the police' is not the problem” and that she will keep pushing the slogan, no matter how many of her Democratic colleagues ask her to stop."