‘Defunding the police’ is not Democratic Party policy, says Pelosi

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that the idea of ​​defunding the police, a slogan frequently used in the 2020 election, is not the direction the Democratic Party is heading.

“Make no mistake about it, community safety is our responsibility,” Pelosi said on ABC’s “This Week.” “I quote a colleague of mine from New York, Ritchie Torres, a very left-wing rookie congressman, saying ‘defund the police’ is dead. This worries some of our caucus. But public safety is our responsibility.

Host George Stephanopoulos noted that rising crime is a top concern for Americans these days and cited splits within the party over law enforcement, referring to Missouri Rep. Cori Bush as someone supporting the idea of ​​defunding the police.

“That’s not the position of the Democratic Party, with all due respect to Cori Bush,” Pelosi said. “Community safety to be protected and defended in every way is our oath of office.”


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