One of New York’s biggest proponents of defunding the police is paying quite a bit of taxpayer money to have personal protection; democratic representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the textbook definition of hypocrisy. AOC said the New York City proposal to cut billions of dollars from the New York Police Department’s budget did not go “far enough.”
Specifically, Ocasio-Cortez was unsatisfied with a budget cut if it did not result in the reduced presence of law enforcement. She, however, has spent a lot of money to increase personal presence of law enforcement.
In only the first six months of 2021, AOC has spent a whopping $34k on private security. The New York Post reports:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez paid thousands for personal security to a former Blackwater contractor, a review of Federal Election Commission records shows. AOC’s campaign dropped at least $4,636 at Tullis Worldwide Protection for “security services” between January and June of this year according to the filings.
The Franconia, Virginia-based company is owned by Devin Tullis, whose other clients include the royal families of both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, according to his website. The Tullis money was just a small piece of the more than $34,000 AOC has spent on private security and consultants in the first half of 2021, records show.
As the American Thinker points out, “when it comes to protecting herself, AOC wants a very robust presence, including staff from one of the toughest private security outfits of all, one that was a contractor for Blackwater, the private military contractor that the left accused of war crimes in Iraq…Blackwater, which contracted with Tullis, contracted with other people who were convicted of killing 17 civilians in Iraq, while accompanying US officials as their security detail.”
In June of last year, AOC claimed in an Instagram story, “[Suburban] communities have lower crime rates not because they have more police but because they have more resources to support healthy society in a way that reduces crime.”