VA Candidate Agrees If Dems Vote To Defund Police, They Should Lose Personal Security

Virginia congressional candidate Scott Taylor agreed to a new idea for the Democratic lawmakers who vote to defund the police: have them defund their own personal security first.

In a pair of tweets, Taylor also said these members who vote to end qualified immunity to have their own immunities canceled.

“If a politician votes to end qualified immunity, he or she should not be protected by any immunities,” he said in a tweet. “If a politician votes to reduce assault on first responders from felony to misdemeanor, he or she should have the same applied to themselves.”

One person commented on the post suggesting the lawmakers should lose their personal security as well.

“Amen,” the former Virginia congressman said in response.

It only seems fair.

Since George Floyd’s death in May, Democrats and their supporters have repeatedly called for police departments across the country to be defunded.

Black Lives Matter protesters, endorsed by Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, have stood outside of state capitols in major cities to call for major reforms to law enforcement departments—including defunding and disbarring.

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As the Hill reports, however, Biden has since flipped his position on the issue and national Democratic lawmakers have slowed their own momentum on defunding law enforcement.

From the report:

The idea is splintering black activists and some prominent progressive lawmakers from Biden and top congressional Democrats while providing fodder for national Republicans, who are quickly mobilizing to use it as the latest example of Democrats moving to the left in the lead up to November.

A spokesman for Biden’s campaign said Monday that the former vice president “hears and shares the deep grief and frustration” of those calling for reform, but that he “does not believe that police should be defunded.”

Later, Biden made his position clear in an interview with CBS.

“No, I don’t support defunding the police. I support conditioning federal aid to police based on whether or not they meet certain basic standards of decency and honorableness,” he said.

Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill were adopting a similar position.