Virginia Sen. Mark Warner said Friday that the “defund the police” movement championed by progressives led to losses for Democrats in the recent election.
“I think the ability, using terms like ‘defund the police’ have led to Democratic losses in this last year,” Warner, a moderate Democrat, said in an interview with WAMU, The Hill reported.
Warner had been asked about Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger’s critique during a closed-door meeting of House Democrats last week that she nearly lost her re-election bid because of the push to defund police departments.
“We lost races we shouldn’t have lost. Defund police almost cost me my race because of an attack ad. Don’t say socialism ever again,” Spanberger said during the Nov. 6 meeting.
“If we run this race again we will get fucking torn apart again in 2022,” she also said.
Warner defended Spanberger’s stance, saying that she does not have the luxury of running in heavily progressive districts, such as those in Brooklyn or the Bronx. (RELATED: Clyburn Says ‘Defund The Police’ Cost Jamie Harrison His Senate Race)
“I sometimes think our progressive friends don’t have that necessity of running both districts that are quite forward leaning