On Tuesday, far-left Democratic congresswoman Ilhan Omar damned fellow Democrats who have opposed “defunding the police.”
The party has tried to placate the politically damaging slogan, although some far-left members such as Omar and his fellow ‘Squad’ member Cori Bush have insisted keep pushing for it.
Omar made his comments during an interview on Peacock The Choice television’s “Mehdi Hasan Show.”
Omar criticizes Democrats who criticize the ‘defund the police’ movement
Some Democrats have even gone so far as to celebrate the ‘death’ of the “defund the police” slogan, like New York. Congressman Ritchie Torres.
Speaking of fellow Democrat and newly elected New York City Mayor Eric Adams, Torres said, “I agree with the mayor,” Torres said. “The police defunding movement is dead in New York City and good riddance.”
Not so with Omar and the extreme left.
On his show, Mehdi Hasan asked Omar: “And how do you feel when you see even self-proclaimed progressives in your party, like New York Congressman Ritchie Torres, saying that “defunding the police” is dead in the city? New York and where many Democrats, including the new mayor, a former police captain, are loudly distancing themselves from the defunding movement?
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Omar responded, “When you see the increase in mental health crises, when you see an increase in domestic violence due to COVID and other measures, when you see so many people with addiction issues, and you see the level of homelessness that we have in our communities, and you still say that no more resources should be allocated to that, to keep our communities safe and healthy, I really don’t know what your point is in saying that you represent the most vulnerable in our communities.”
“Because if you care about those who are vulnerable, then you have to do everything you can to keep them safe,” he added.
This is not the first time that Omar has pointed the finger at members of his own party for being critical of the “defund the police” movement.
We lose people in the hands of the police. It is not a slogan but a political claim. And focusing the demand for equitable budgets and investments on communities across the country brings us progress and security. https://t.co/Vu6inw4ms7
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) December 2, 2020
Omar slammed Obama’s critical comments
Late last year, former President Barack Obama saying in an interview, “I guess you can use a snappy tagline like ‘defund the police,’ but, you know, you lose a huge audience the minute you say it, which makes it much less likely you’re actually going to get the changes you want to make.
Omar replied: “We lose people in the hands of the police.”
“It is not a slogan but a political demand,” he added. “And focusing the demand for equitable budgets and investments on communities across the country brings us progress and security.”