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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accuses Republicans of defunding the police by refusing to send aid to state and local governments

I have a number of leftist friends who have been offended when I have referred to her as a ditz. But if the shoe fits…Ironically, I know rightists who think I am too soft on her.

By Eliza Relman, Business Insider

  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused Republicans of effectively defunding the police by opposing sending federal aid to states and cities as part of Congress’ COVID-19 relief package.
  • “You want to know who’s actually trying to defund the police? Republicans,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Because Republicans are trying to block state and local funding so that those budgets dry up.”
  • By turning “defund the police” back on Republicans, Ocasio-Cortez, who has embraced the left-wing calls, appeared to concede that the slogan is unpopular and controversial, even among Democrats.
  • She acknowledged on Thursday that sending aid to states and cities would help fund police in the “short term.”

Progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday attempted to redirect criticism over calls to defund the police to Republicans who oppose sending federal aid to state, local, and tribal governments amid the pandemic.


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