Senator Bernie Sanders, in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, claimed that "nobody" he knows speaks about the need to disappoint the police.
Tapper first mentioned how Democrats have suggested that promoting progressive politics in the Georgia Senate runoff could harm their candidates.
He quoted the majority whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) as saying recently, "If we use Medicare for All, disappoint the police and socialized medicine, we will not win."
Sanders tried to change the narrative.
"Let's rephrase that," he insisted. "Nobody I know who is running for office speaks of defusing the police."
"We're talking about holding police officers accountable," added Sanders, citing several examples.
"That is not the police defund."
Senator Bernie Sanders: "Nobody I know running for office talks about defusing the police. We're talking about holding cops to account." pic.twitter.com/b80r0Bys9n
– The Hill (@thehill) November 15, 2020
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Bernie Sanders' comrades often say they want to disappoint the police
The good friend and closest political ally of Sanders in Congress, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), has explicitly and frequently spoken out in favor of the "Defund the Police" movement.
She complained when New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that he had cut $ 1 billion from the NYPD budget.
"Defusing the police means defusing the police," she said. "That doesn't mean budget tricks or fun math."
MOMENTS AGO: Press Sec. Kayleigh McEnany criticizes Rep. AOC of the rise in violence in NYC: "You have Rep. Ocasio-Cortez who says it's only because people are trying to get their families to eat." Pic.twitter.com / SREtVGwZtF
– The Hill (@thehill) July 13, 2020
She repeated calls to disappoint the police even after the election.
“I believe the road to justice is a long one. Security isn't just an officer with a badge and a gun, ”said AOC in a virtual town hall.
"Our (police budget) is too high."
Ah okay "nobody" https://t.co/aurcmtUBg1 pic.twitter.com/9qIahv8121
– Ben McDonald (@ Bmac0507) November 15, 2020
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Further police comments from the "Squad"
Apart from the AOC, other Democrats have loudly spoken out in favor of defusing the police.
"I will never fund a police station that continues to brutalize us," said Ilhan Omar (D-MN) MP from the Minneapolis Police Department.
Calling the department a "cancer" cut to a cheering mob in June, she called for the Minneapolis Police Department to be “completely dismantled”.
If all of this fails, take note that Congressman Ilhan Omar is also supporting the dismantling of the Minneapolis Police Department. pic.twitter.com/cW3O745oq5
– Benny (@bennyjohnson) June 8, 2020
Other close allies of Sanders have made their thoughts clear.
Over the summer, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), also members of the "Squad", presented the BREATHE Act with great enthusiasm.
The legislation was developed and written by the Electoral Justice Project for the Black Lives Movement (M4BL), a group that seeks to give up police, prisons, and all forms of punishment for law breakers.
Rep. Tlaib supports the BREATHE Act, including the relief of the police, reparations and the universal basic income https://t.co/ZbAWa6XoHD
– Detroit Metro Times (@metrotimes) July 9, 2020
Indeed, Politico reporter Marc Caputo shared the opinion of a top Miami Democrat who claimed the calls to "defuse" the police are costing the Democrats the state of Florida:
“We must have been wiped out by Hispanics…. The police killed us, ”says Top Miami Dem, citing a BLM backlash
The waving of Che Guevara flags, when few were, is getting a lot of attention in a community that sees it as a symbol of totalitarian butchery. Pic.twitter.com/Wq6V5ht0DP
– Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) November 4, 2020
Interestingly enough, the patriarch of the “democratic socialist” movement himself supports the increase in resources for the police.
Sanders gave an obvious and easily verifiable lie, and Tapper, who helped spread that lie, didn't push it back one bit.