The Squad spends millions on private security

The Squad spends millions on private security
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The members of Congress known collectively as The Squad don’t necessarily agree on everything, but they agree on enough.

One thing they agree on is defunding the police. While law enforcement is made up of people and thus is going to have some problems from time to time, they also provide security for the general public.


Defunding law enforcement, particularly when violent crime is as high as it’s been any time since the 1990s, seems like an incredibly short-sighted plan.

But, at least they’ll be just as vulnerable to the two-legged predators as the rest of us, right?



Oh…maybe not.

The socialist “Squad” up in D.C. has spent years squawking about the dangers of firearms in the hands of law-abiding Americans while simultaneously pushing to defund the police who exist to help said defenseless people, throwing a one-two blow at Americans’ ability to stave off violent attackers.

All, it turns out, while forking out more than $1.2 million in private security for themselves.

For example, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York), who has repeatedly voted to strip Americans of their right to own vaguely defined “assault weapons,” has shelled out nearly $273k in campaign funds for security since taking office in 2019.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) has spent $125,683.75 on securityiover[sic] those same four years. Ayanna Pressley (D-Massachusetts) has spent $64,763, while Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) has shucked out $20,480.

But perhaps the worst offender in this latest installment of “Hypocrisy, They Name Is Leftism” is Rep. Cori Bush, a Democrat from Missouri who inanely rambled back in May that Second Amendment supporters have a “nihilistic, insurrectionist view” of gun rights and called for a “public health response to the public health emergency that is gun violence in our country.”


So these four want to defund the police and infringe on our right to keep and bear arms, thus eliminating our ability to defend ourselves, all while spending $1.2 million in private security for themselves.

Because some animals are more equal than others.

Oh, don’t get me wrong. I’m quite sure that members of Congress have every reason to be concerned about their well-being. They get tons of threats every week, some of which may not be the random crank venting their frustrations on voice mail.

But let’s also remember that political assassinations are still pretty rare here in the US. More garden-variety murders, however, aren’t.

That means that while the odds of you or me being targeted for a violent attack may be small, the odds are probably a lot higher than for a sitting member of Congress, regardless of their politics. At least as things currently sit.

Where I have a problem here is that they’re literally doing everything to reduce security for my family, all while hiring private security for themselves.

Considering the socialistic agenda of The Squad, it’s incredibly hypocritical, in my not-so-humble opinion. After all, socialism runs counter to the idea of free enterprise, yet they’re not using the public options for security–the police–and instead using the free market solution.


In and of itself, though, this could be shrugged off. Instead, they’re trying to defund the public option, remove the individual’s ability to act on their own behalf, and hypocritically use private security.

It would still be hypocritical, mind you, but at least they wouldn’t be tripping over themselves to make us less safe, so it’s easier to ignore in such a case.

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