Dem Congressman Blames ‘Defund the Police’ Push for Party’s Loss of House Seats

Rep. Cedric Richmond said Sunday that slogans such as “defund the police” ultimately hurt some Democratic Party reelection campaigns and cost “vulnerable” freshmen their seats.

As a result, Democrats, who controlled 232 House seats in the 116h Congress, will now do so with fewer members.

“Some titles hurt,” the Louisiana congressman said during an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “‘Defunding the police’ is a title that hurts Democrats, especially when the fact of the matter is nobody is calling for defunding the police. We’re calling for reinventing how we police communities in this country, how we do criminal justice.”

The former Congressional Black Caucus chair, who was responding to complaints last week from moderate Democrats, added that although the progressive wing of the Democratic Party is “very important” to his party, “no matter how progressive your ideals and values are and what you want to do and how bold your plans are, if we don’t win, if we don’t keep the majority of the House, you cannot implement any of those plans.”

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