House Majority Whip: ‘Defund the police’ slogan hurt Democrats in elections


U.S. Representative James Clyburn of South Carolina introduces U.S. Senate candidate Jaime Harrison at an election watch party at Hunter-Gatherer at Curtiss Wright Hangar in Columbia, SC., Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Harrison conceded the election to incumbent Lindsey Graham. (Jeff Blake/The State via AP)

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The Democrat House Majority Whip recently admitted that the slogan “defund the police” hurt the chances of winning for left-wing candidates in the recent elections.

While speaking with reporters on Sunday, South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn said while the phrase was likely not the only reason Democrats lost house seats, he believes it played a major role.

In an interview with CNN, Clyburn also said the slogan dealt a blow to the Black Lives Matter movement. He compared the phrase “burn baby burn” used during riots in the 1960’s, which he said was a major setback for him and the late congressman John Lewis in getting civil rights laws passed.

“And so we saw the same thing happening here, so I spoke against the slogan and I feel very strongly,” he stated. “We can’t pick up these things just because it makes a good headline…it sometimes destroys headway.”

Clyburn added, the left needs to focus on what would help make actual changes.

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