Nancy Pelosi is trying to clamp down on her own Left wing.
But she’s failing to keep her caucus members in check.
And now, Democrats are panicking after one of their own let the mask slip on defunding the police.
Missouri Congresswoman Cori Bush is a little known left-wing radical who was recently elected to Congress this past year.
Hailing from the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wing of the party, Bush has presented herself as one of the most radical left-wing socialists in Congress today.
And like other progressive members of her party, Bush’s focus has almost entirely been on supercharged cultural issues which bitterly divide the country.
In July, Bush sparked a firestorm after tweeting on Independence Day, “When they say that the 4th of July is about American freedom, remember this: the freedom they’re referring to is for white people. This land is stolen land and Black people still aren’t free.”
Those comments were widely condemned, with Bush’s tweet being ratioed on Twitter with around 40,000 replies to just 20,000 retweets, a traditional sign of widespread disagreement with a statement made on the social media platform.
Now, Bush dove head-first into the debate over left-wing plans to “defund the police” by saying the quiet part out loud.
In an interview with CBS on Thursday, Bush said the following: “I’m going to make sure I have security because I know. I get to be here to do the work. So suck it up and defunding the police has to happen, we need to defund the police.”
The interview prompted another round of widespread condemnations against Bush, and could spell political disaster for Democrats in 2022.
Polling shows there’s almost no better issue that Republicans enjoy over Democrats than the question of defunding local police departments. A recent USA Today/Ipsos poll from June and July shows that only 22% of Americans say they support “defunding” the police, while an overwhelming 77% oppose it.
Even Chris Cillizza, editor at large for CNN, which is hardly a conservative-leaning news outlet, said the following about the political implications of Bush’s statement, “Democrats have spent the last few months insisting that the dangers of “defund the police” movement are overblown because their party’s elected officials don’t even talk about it anymore — that the only people talking about it are Republicans.
Bush’s pronouncement on Thursday puts lie to that idea. And hands Republicans a clip that they can wedge into dozens of attack ads linking swing-district Democrats to a deeply unpopular policy coming out of the month of a Democratic member of Congress.”
Now, Pelosi has one more issue to deal with as she struggles to pave a path for Democrats to hold onto the House of Representatives in 2022.
But more importantly, Americans across the country know which voice is really in charge of the Democratic Party, and the radicals of yesterday now look like the party’s “moderates” of today.
Bush represents a new generation of Democrats, one which is obsessed with racial identity politics, overwhelmingly socialist with respect to economic views, and which is committing to letting lawlessness reign not just in blue cities, but anywhere they can impose their agenda on.