If there is one character trait members of the left-wing “Squad” share with the rest of the Democratic Party, it’s gargantuan hypocrisy.
Take Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.
While she and other Squad members have consistently pushed the monumentally stupid policy of defunding police departments, it’s been revealed that she spent tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars on her own private security, according to newly discovered records.
Got that? Safety and security for her; not so much for her constituents, let alone Americans living in the rest of the country.
The Daily Wire reports:
Last spring, Pressley and three other “Squad” members — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) — drew heat for spending campaign funds on “private security” while supporting efforts to reimagine police service. According to a new report from The Daily Caller, Pressley used taxpayer dollars for “security service.”
“According to the new Statement of Disbursements of the House records, Pressley spent $63,000 of her Member Representational Allowance (MRA) on ‘security service’ in 2021 — spending $28,000 between Oct. 1, 2021 and Dec. 31, 2021 and $35,000 between May 2021 and August 2021,” The Daily Caller’s report noted.
“The payments show the money was directed to Alisa Tatarian, who is a Financial Administrator at the U.S. House of Representatives. It is not clear how that money was finally spent. The Daily Caller contacted Tatarian as well as Pressley’s office several times about the money that was spent on ‘security service,’ to which they did not respond,” the outlet added.
Per the House of Representatives website, the MRA is “intended for individual member offices’ expenditures and receipts during a single legislative year” and “funded through fiscal year appropriations and authorized annually by the Committee on House Administration.”
In June 2020, following the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, which led to months of renewed racial tensions exploited and stoked by left-wing politicians and ‘civil rights’ leaders, Pressley declared her support for defunding police departments.
“This is simply about a refund. This is about true reparations. This is about investment in communities,” Pressley claimed. “There’s a reason why the Congressional Black Caucus submits an alternative budget every year. Because we know that our communities have been historically under-resourced, underinvested in and divested [from].”
So the answer, then, is to take away more resources in a way that would actually make those communities far less safe? What kind of sense does that make?
It doesn’t, of course, which is why sane, rational people simply cannot fathom such an obviously contradictory concept.
In an interview with CNN anchor Don Lemon, Pressley said that she supports a “radical reimagining of community safety.”
“Is defunding the police not part of something that you support?” Lemon asked.
“Don, what I support and why I put forward bills like my Counseling Not Criminalization Act is that instead of our spending $1 billion over the last two decades to have 46,000 school police officers when every child does not have equitable access to a school nurse, a social worker or a guidance counselor, some of those ratios are one counselor for every 2,000 students,” Pressley responded.
“So, yes, I support a radical reimagining of community safety and public safety, which means reallocating and not further investing in a carceral state especially when we have not yet ended qualified immunity. So, you know, that needs to be the priority is, police accountability.”
Democrat pollsters have found that most voters in their party abhor the concept of less police, which is why Joe Biden said during his State of the Union Address last week policymakers should “fund the police with the resources and training they need to protect our communities.”
As most Democrats stood in applause, the ‘progressive’ Squad remained seated, knowing full well they are well protected, thanks to American taxpayers.