House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn said on Sunday that Democrats lost seats in both chambers of Congress because they aligned with “defund the police” efforts.
Tucker Carlson devoted his entire opening monologue to the catastrophe that was the ‘defund the police’ movement.
Speaking to Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Clyburn cited the South Carolina election between Sen. Lindsey Graham and Jaime Harrison, a former state legislator.
Lindsey Graham won against Harrison with more than half the vote despite democrats pumping more than $100 million into his campaign.
“Jaime Harrison started to plateau when ‘defund the police’ showed up with a caption on TV right across his head,” Clyburn said.
“That stuff hurt Jaime. And that’s why I spoke out against it a long time ago. I’ve always said that these headlines can kill a political effort,” he continued. “We are all about making headway, and I just hope that going forward, we will think about each one of these congressional districts and let people represent their districts.”
Harrison has said he does not support defunding the police. But he did advocate for other initiatives to reform communities and limit police power.
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“It’s clear we have been investing too much in force and need to reinvest in understanding and serving our communities,” he said. “We need a national use-of-force standard. We have to end cash bail. Qualified immunity needs to be a thing of the past, along with chokehold techniques. And we need to invest in community policing.”
Clyburn, a Democrat from South Carolina, has repeatedly said he is not a proponent of the Defund the Police movement.