From Fox News:
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., responded to criticism from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Wednesday, saying not one Democrat in the Senate supports defunding the police.
Manchin, a moderate, and the “Democratic socialist” Squad member traded jabs recently on the direction of the Democrat Party.
“I don’t have any disrespect for the congresswoman, we just differ,” he told “Fox & Friends.”
“You can respectfully disagree and we do that,” he explained. “My people in West Virginia expect me to represent them in a rational and responsible civil manner, in a bipartisan independent manner and I do that to the best of my ability, so I don’t begrudge whatever she does.”
However, he added: “She represents her people. They’ve elected her. It’s not who we are. We’re not going to defund the police, there’s not one senator, Democrat senator, that supports defunding the police.”
Amid the gridlock in Congress, he thinks there should be more support for law enforcement.
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AOC’S PLEA: People Should Be ‘Willing to Sacrifice Everything,’ All ‘Privileges’ to Defund Police
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez delivered a passioned plea to “defund” police departments across America Sunday; asking people to “sacrifice everything” and “all their privileges” to promote social justice.
“There are moments in every person’s career, where you have to be willing to say, ‘Am I willing to sacrifice everything that I have, all the privileges that I have, so that the right thing can go through?’ This is one of those moments,” said Ocasio-Cortez.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: "If you're an elected official… I'm asking you to ask yourself what are you willing to sacrifice to make sure that over-funded police departments are defunded?" pic.twitter.com/P9gSWwlCrr
— The Hill (@thehill) June 7, 2020
“If you’re an elected official, I’m asking you to ask yourself, what are you willing to sacrifice to make sure that overfunded police departments are defunded?’
Watch AOC’s comments above.
BERNIE BACKS OFF? Sanders Says ‘Nobody I Know Who’s Running for Office Wants to Defund Police’
Bernie Sanders weighed-in over the weekend on his party’s lackluster performance in the 2020 general election; asserting that “nobody he knows” who’s running for office “is talking about defunding the police.”
“Nobody I know who’s running for office talks about defunding the police. What we talk about is making police officers accountable, making sure that police departments do what they can do best, figure out how to deal with mental illness,” said Sanders.
“Making sure police officers aren’t killing innocent African Americans. That isn’t defunding the police!” he added.
Bernie Sanders: "Nobody I know who's running for office talks about defunding the police." pic.twitter.com/BuNku5XiNd
— The Hill (@thehill) November 16, 2020
Watch Sanders’ comments above.