In recent weeks, prominent Democrats like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) have been voicing calls to “defund” and dismantle the nation’s police departments. However, there are certain law enforcement officers that Dems don’t seem so eager to get rid of.
Speaking at an event in Washington on Saturday, ex-police officer and former acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Tom Homan said if Democrats like AOC and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) “want to take protection away from the American people,” they ought to “lead by example,” Breitbart reported.
“Let’s take the law enforcement officers that provide them 24/7 law enforcement security,” he said, according to Breitbart. “If they want to take protection away from the American people in their communities, lead by example.
“Defund your protection first,” the former cop ordered. “You think they’re going to do it? They’re never going to do it.”
“They haven’t said a word”
Earlier in his talk, Homan condemned racism and instances of police brutality, but singled out Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for “not speaking up” in defense of those protecting American communities.
According to Breitbart, the former cop complained that the two senior Democrats will “stand out on a moment’s notice and defend people that are in here in the country illegally in violation of law, but they won’t stand out there and defend the men and women who leave the safety and security of their home every day.”
“They haven’t said a word,” he alleged, according to Breitbart.
“It’s a sad day”
Also on Saturday, Homan spoke with Fox News to lament that Americans “cannot support our men and women in law enforcement without fear of violence.”
“It’s a sad day when people that want to go show their support for law enforcement are afraid to do so out of fear they may be attacked and may be called racist,” he said, according to Fox. He went on:
There is no reason we can’t denounce racism — it’s a terrible thing. Denounce racism, but at the same time defend the men and women who defend this nation and our communities, and protect us every single day across this country.
“This isn’t about that”
According to Politico, Pelosi, unlike Ocasio-Cortez, has been hesitant to outwardly support the notion of defunding police departments, instead putting forward a more general reform bill. Still, she admits that it may be time to “rebalance some of our funding” to address issues of race and alleged police brutality.
“We could rebalance some of our funding to address some of those issues more directly,” the House speaker said last week, according to Politico. “But this isn’t about that and that should not be the story that leaves here.”
Only time will tell if Pelosi ends up bowing to the progressive pressure.