Trey Gowdy, a former Republican congressman and current host of Fox News’ Sunday Night in America show, has blasted congressional Democrats for campaigning to defund the police, all the while hiring their own private security for their personal safety.
Gowdy especially targeted a member of the so-called “Squad,” Democrat Representative Cori Bush, after it was revealed that she had spent close to $70,000 on her own private security in this year alone, whilst campaigning for the BLM policy of defunding the police.
Gowdy stated during his opening monologue that the fact that congressional members are spending such high amounts on their own private security is a “tragic reflection of the times we live in.”
He underlined the fact that members of Congress have been threatened with acts of violence in the past, more so than ever given the current political climate, so their spending of campaign money on increased private security is justified in this case as their personal safety is their number one priority.
However, Gowdy went on to ask the question “what about you?”
He then encouraged his viewers to reflect on their personal safety, as crime continues to increase throughout the country.
He asked his viewers if they felt safe in their local area and if they believed that a greater police presence would be beneficial to reducing crime.
Gowdy went on to state that he understood why congressional members hired their own security as they value their own safety, but then he questioned why those same members do not have the same attitude when it comes to the safety of their constituents.
The case of Cori Bush
Gowdy then went after Democrat Representative Cori Bush who, according to the Federal Election Commission, spent $54,120.92 on hired private security from a New York based security firm between April 15th and June 28th this year.
She also spent a further $15,000 of campaign money to another security firm during the same period of time.
During this time, Bush continued the rhetoric for defunding the police, stating that the vote held in her home district of St. Louis, Missouri is a “historic vote to defund police.”
Gowdy attacked her for this, claiming that she “wants to defund your police, but not her police,” referencing the $70,000 of security payments.
He also went on to claim that the same $70,000 would be able to pay for a “private police officer” in South Carolina, if any regular citizen could afford such a payment.
Gowdy underlined his assertion that Bush valued her own security but not that of the people of St. Louis.
He finished his monologue by labeling her, and other congressional Democrats, as hypocrites for pushing the “defund the police” narrative whilst hiring their own police to protect them.