Demings asked about Senate race after falling out with Jordan over police funding

representing Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsBiden’s actions on Venezuela become a flashpoint in Florida Biden’s CIA chief leads the charge against Putin’s information war (D-Fla.) was asked about a potential Senate nomination after taking on Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanHouse Passes CROWN Act, Banning Race-Based Hair Discrimination ‘People’s Convoy’ Members Toured Capitol by GOP Senator, FBI Asked All Offices to Solicit information on DNC and RNC PLUS pipe bombs (R-Ohio) Tuesday during a hearing on hate crimes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

During an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Wednesday morning, panelist and former Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillGOP Sounds Alarm on Greitens Allegations Free Flow of Information Crucial in a Troubled World World of Lobbying MORE (D-Mo.) applauded Demings for the “righteous outrage” she showed in reprimanding Jordan and asked, “On behalf of the people of Florida, can we please call you Sen. Demings ?”

“Well, as you can see, based on yesterday, we still have a lot of work to do. [in the House]”, replied Demings. “What I can tell you is that I will continue to do what I have tried to do in all the positions I have held, which is to remember my oath and fulfill our most important mission, and that is the protection of the American people, and I will continue to do so regardless of the title I hold.”

Demings, a former police chief from Orlando, Florida, fought with Jordan after Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee proposed an amendment to a hate crimes bill that would have prevented services police from losing their funding.

“Law enforcement officers deserve better than being used as pawns!” Demings shouted at Jordan as he clapped his hand on the stage. “But today you’re supporting law enforcement. Well, that’s…I’m glad to know that, but don’t support them when it’s politically convenient for you to do so.”

Demings also said on MSNBC that if Republicans were serious about their support for the police, they would have supported the US bailout, which allocated millions of dollars in funding to local governments, and did not stay “silent. in response to the January 6 riots in the US Capitol. , when Capitol Police officers were attacked by a pro-Trump mob.

The back and forth between Demings and Jordan came just hours before a guilty verdict in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial was announced on Tuesday, which the MP said meant a moment of change for people wanting to see major police reforms and the end of the police. brutality and systemic racism in the criminal justice system.

“It’s something we’ve seen before in this country,” Demings said during another Wednesday morning appearance on CNN’s “New Day” in reference to cases of police officers accused of abusing or killing black people. during arrests.

“We’re not the America we should be, but I think yesterday means we’re moving in the right direction to become the America we were made to be,” she said.

Chauvin was found guilty on Tuesday of the murder of George Floyd in a trial widely seen as a referendum on policing black people across the country.

Floyd’s killing in May sparked massive protests across the country and renewed the public conversation about police reform.

Democrats hope they can use the verdict in the Chauvin case to spur efforts to pass comprehensive police and criminal justice reform legislation.

During the CNN interview, Demings, who was reportedly on President BidenJoe BidenEx-Trump’s personal assistant appears before January 6 panel Defense and National Security – Russia Sends Warnings to the West On the Money – Feds Propose New Disclosure Rule for Public Companies MORELast year’s list of potential running mates also praised law enforcement officers who testified against Chauvin at his trial, saying exposing bad policing is key to reform efforts.

“The chief of police came in and said what Chauvin did was not his policy or his ethics,” she said. “We’ve never seen this before. So I think this is a turning point and it’s incumbent on all of us, in all of our respective places, to turn the wheels of justice.”

A few days after Floyd’s murder, Demings wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post titled, “My brothers and sisters in blue, what are you doing?”

“Everyone wants to live in safer communities and support law enforcement and the hard work they do every day. But that cannot continue. The senseless death of American sons and daughters – especially African American men – is a stain on our country,” she wrote. “Let’s work to remove it.”

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