Clyburn: Adams win in NYC proves ‘defund the police’ Democrat is ‘non-starter’

Clyburn: Adams win in NYC proves ‘defund the police’ Democrat is ‘non-starter’


Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams’ recent victory in New York City’s Democratic mayoral primary is more proof that calls to “defund the police” are a “non-starter, even with black people,” House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) said.

Clyburn, the No. 3 House Democrat, rounded on MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan when the journalist asked him: “is the whole attention on ‘defund the police’ really a deflection by the party leadership from your own failures? That’s what your critics on the left would say.”

“That is absolutely poppycock,” Clyburn responded on Hasan’s show Thursday.

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“I know what I’m talking about. I’m out here with the voters every day …. and I can tell you ‘defund the police’ is a non-starter, even with black people. And if you don’t think that’s true, then look at the results of what just happened in New York City. The proof is in the pudding.”

Adams, a former NYPD captain and an outspoken proponent

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