An unoccupied vehicle belonging to a far-left “Squad” member was struck by gunfire over the weekend, but the lawmaker reported that no one was injured. Writes Jon Dougherty
Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.), who is a member of the so-called Democratic “squad,” said her vehicle was hit by gunfire in St. Louis, which — like other major U.S. cities run by Democrats — has seen a dramatic uptick in gun violence, murders, and other violent crime in recent years.
“I’m touched by everyone who has reached out,” Bush tweeted. “Thankfully no one was harmed. But any act of gun violence shakes your soul. That’s why our movement is working to invest in our communities, eradicate the root causes of gun violence, and keep everyone safe.”
Fox News adds:
Bush’s vehicle was parked in the St. Louis area when it was hit by gunfire Saturday morning, a local NBC affiliate reported. A source told the outlet that there was evidence that someone had tampered with the door handles of other cars in the vicinity at the time of the shooting.
It is not believed that Rep. Bush was targeted, the source told the NBC affiliate.
Bush, the Show Me State’s first black female lawmaker who defeated Democratic incumbent Rep. Lacy Clay in 2020, has become a leading voice in the national “defund the police” movement.
Last summer, as cities — including her own — were being rocked by violence, police officers were being targeted (in St. Louis, a former police captain, David Dorn, was gunned down), and citizens were under siege and dying, she justified spending thousands of dollars per month on her own private security, while still calling for defunding police (which would leave her less-well-to constituents completely at the mercy of criminals).
In August, CBS host Vladimir Duthiers asked Bush to respond to criticism over having spent some $70,000 on private security by that time.
“They would rather I die?” Bush asked. “You would rather me die? Is that what you want to see? You want to see me die? You know because that could be the alternative.”
She added: “So suck it up, and defunding the police has to happen.”
“I have private security because my body is worth being on this planet right now,” she added, claiming without proof that “a white supremacist, racist narrative” was trying to stifle her.
Critics pounced on Bush’s overt hypocrisy.
Several Democrat-run cities that originally responded to leftist calls to defund their police departments — and saw spikes in crime — have since moved to increase police funding.
Recent surveys have shown that the ‘defund the police’ movement is opposed by vast majorities of both Republicans and Democrats.