Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said Wednesday that he does not agree with Rep. Rashida Tlaib D-Mich., who called for “no more policing, incarceration, and militarization” following the fatal police shooting of of Daunte Wright in Minnesota.
“No I don’t,” Sanders told CNN host Wolf Blitzer when asked if he agreed with Tlaib’s statement.
“I think that what we need to do is to understand that there needs to be major, major police reform all across this country,” Sanders said. “We are tired of seeing the same thing, week after week and year after year. We do not want to see innocent African Americans shot in cold blood.”
“So I think that is an area that needs significant amount of work,” the senator continued. “And I hope that Congress begins to work on that immediately.”
Sanders’ statement comes after Tlaib tweeted Monday that she was “done with those who condone government-funded murder.”
“It wasn’t an accident. Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist. Daunte Wright was met with aggression & violence. I am done with those who condone government funded murder. No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can’t be reformed,” Tlaib wrote on Twitter.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki emphasized that President Joe Biden also did not agree with Tlaib’s tweet.
“That’s not the president’s view,” Psaki said. “The president’s view is that there are necessary outdated reforms that should be put in place, that there is accountability that needs to happen, that the loss of life is far too high, that these families are suffering around the country, that the Black community is exhausted from the ongoing threats they feel.”
Many democrats are calling for police reform after Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old black man, was shot and killed by a Minnesota police officer during a routine traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minn., on Sunday.
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The vile act of politicizing horrific tragedies such as the Uvalde, Texas elementary school massacre, has been in full force. Democrat Beto O’Rourke “was escorted out of Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s press conference Wednesday after he showed up and heckled the governor in the middle of an update on the elementary school massacre in Uvalde” reports The Blaze.
Beto is a former congressman from El Paso, Texas as well as a Democratic presidential nominee briefly for the 2020 elections. During his time, he campaigned hard on his support for a mandatory gun buyback scheme.
The Blaze reported on Beto’s behavior at Abbott’s press conference:
As Abbott was finishing his remarks to reporters, O’Rourke, the Democratic candidate for governor, stood up and began speaking about the need for gun control legislation.
“Excuse me,” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said as O’Rourke ignored him and went on about how “the time has come to put a stop” to gun violence. O’Rourke did not have a microphone, and most of his comments were inaudible.
“Sit down!” shouted Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) as the Democrat kept speaking.
“You’re out of line and an embarrassment!” Patrick told O’Rourke, while others began raising their voices.
“You are doing nothing!” O’Rourke yelled at Abbott as police officers began to march him out of the room.
“You need to get his a** out of here, this isn’t the place to talk this over,” said Uvalde Mayor Don Mclaughlin, calling O’Rourke a “sick son of a b****.”
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