Far-left progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has been at the forefront of the Democratic Party’s push to defund law enforcement.
However, the New York congresswoman is facing a Republican opponent who sees the issue in stark contrast. What’s more, New York Republican Desi Cuellar thinks that those who kill police officers should face the death penalty.
According to Fox News, Cuellar promised to introduced a bill to make killing police officers a capital offense should he be elected in November.
“So-called progressives like @AOC have created a culture where it’s okay for criminals to run the streets and even kill cops,” Cuellar tweeted last Tuesday. “When I’m elected to Congress, I will introduce a bill to federally mandate the death penalty for cop killers.”
Cuellar’s comments came in the wake of a deadly ambush attack earlier this month that saw two NYPD officers killed in the line of duty.
“What breaks my heart the most is that officers like Jason Rivera and Wilbert Mora are heroes — everybody says that, nobody has a problem saying that,” Cuellar told Fox News Digital.
“But it is a shame that our brave men and women who risk their lives every day to protect us have to die before we look at them or refer to them as heroes,” he continued.