Paul Begala, a strategist for the Democrat party, blasted Rep. Cori Bush’s (D-MO) hypocrisy following her latest controversy.
As reported by Political Intel, the Justice Department is currently investigating Bush for allegedly misusing federal security money to fund her private security. Bush, who was one of the loudest voices calling to defund the police, has spent over $500,000 on her private security. The Democrat lawmaker allegedly paid her husband over $100,000 for security despite his lack of license to provide those services.
Quick thoughts on Cori Bush:
1) Most members don't get security
2) She wants to defund police & make America LESS SAFE but also wants to be protected at all times
3) She's quick to defame Trump over politicized charges but mishandles funds to the point DOJ is investigating her pic.twitter.com/ULFoV9elrN
— Congressman Byron Donalds (@RepDonaldsPress) January 30, 2024
Begala, while speaking to CNN’s Jake Tapper, blasted Bush for spending big on her private security despite calling to defund the police.
“Yeah, it’s beyond irony and all the way to hypocrisy,” Begala said. “Congresswoman Bush was one of the few Democrats who pushed this Defund the Police slogan. By the way, the vast majority of Democrats opposed it, they opposed it in referenda in Minneapolis even where George Floyd was murdered by a cop. But still, it’s terribly problematic and I don’t even understand that answer…but my goodness, the hypocrisy of that is really—pretty outrageous.”
Bush, however, denies any wrongdoing while maintaining that her use of campaign funds to hire private security was within the boundaries of the law.
“As a rank-and-file member of Congress I am not entitled to personal protection by the House, and instead have used campaign funds as permissible to retain security services. I have not used any federal tax dollars for personal security services. Any reporting that I have used federal funds for personal security is simply false. In recent months, right-wing organizations have lodged baseless complaints against me, peddling notions that I have misused campaign funds to pay for personal security services. That is simply not true,” Bush said in a Tuesday statement.
Bush and her fellow “squad” members have spent a huge amount of money on private security despite being one of the loudest voices calling to defund the police during the Gorge Floyd protest of 2020. Bush, in footage from Aug. 6, 2021, argued that defining the police has to happen while also defending her use of private security.
🚨DOJ conducting criminal probe into “Squad” member Rep. Cori Bush in relation to misspending of federal security money
Could this be connected to the THOUSANDS she paid to her HUSBAND for private security while voting to defund the police for Americans?
Throwback to the time… pic.twitter.com/Zy8Xl7bq8E
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) January 30, 2024