It’s no surprise that the growing ‘defund the police’ movement is spreading like wildfire amongst liberals.
But what may surprise you is that one of the biggest liberals in the country ISN’T down with the movement.
Yep, we’re talking about Bernie Sanders! And he DOESN’T agree with the growing call to abolish police departments across the country.
In an interview published in The New Yorker earlier this week, Sanders spoke out against folks calling to abolish police departments:
“Do I think we should not have police departments in America? No, I don’t. There’s no city in the world that does not have police departments. What you need are—I didn’t call for more money for police departments. I called for police departments that have well-educated, well-trained, well-paid professionals. And, too often around this country right now, you have police officers who take the job at very low payment, don’t have much education, don’t have much training—and I want to change that. I also called for the transformation of police departments into—understanding that many police departments and cops deal every day with issues of mental illness, deal with issues of addiction, and all kinds of issues which should be dealt with by mental-health professionals or others, and not just by police officers.
I think we want to redefine what police departments do, give them the support they need to make their jobs better defined. So, I do believe that we need well-trained, well-educated, and well-paid professionals in police departments. Anyone who thinks that we should abolish all police departments in America, I don’t agree.”
In other words, Sanders wants people to pump the brakes on getting rid of police departments.
Sanders’ position about the police does put him at odds with other progressive members of Congress, like the infamous ‘Squad’ … specifically Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
According to a report from Breitbart, during a recent congressional primary debate, Ocasio-Cortez stated that she is “actively engaged in advocacy” for a “reduction of our NYPD budget and defunding a $6 billion NYPD budget that costs us books in the hands of our children and costs us very badly needed investment in NYCHA [New York City Housing Authority] and public housing.”
Now, we’ll admit what Sanders said isn’t exactly a super-glowing endorsement of the police, but it’s at least refreshing to have Sanders articulate what he feels about the police and not fall into the trap of the growing anti-police rhetoric.