Democratic Rep. Val Demings slams ‘ridiculous’ Republicans for using cops as ‘political pawns’ after telling Jim Jordan ‘you don’t know what the heck you are talking about’ in furious police reform hearing showdown
- Florida Representative Val Demings slammed Republicans on Wednesday for using law enforcement officials as pawns to advance their political agenda
- Comments came the morning after the jury in Derek Cahuvin’s case found him guilty on all three counts of murdering George Floyd during an arrest last year
- Demings blew up at Rep. Jim Jordan during a House hearing Tuesday regarding a bill that would block defunding police as he tried to interrupt her time speaking
- Demings pounded her fish on the desk as she said: ‘Did I strike a nerve?’
Representative Val Demings slammed Republicans on Wednesday for using law enforcement officials as pawns to advance their political agenda.
‘You would think my Republican colleagues who are so in love and want to support the police, they would deal with the increase of hate crimes that the police have to deal with,’ the Florida Democrat lamented to MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’.
‘To seize that critical moment and use law enforcement as a political pawn to interject something that did not exist it was not reality there was anything in the legislation that talked about defunding the police was just simply ridiculous,’ she continued.
Demings, who served as chief of the Orlando Police Department for three years, said Republicans are looking to stop the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act from defunding police even though there is no provision in the legislation that would do so.
Her comments come the morning after she got into a terse back-and-forth during a Judiciary hearing Tuesday with Republican Representative Jim Jordan while discussing a bill that would prevent police departments from being defunded.
Florida Representative Val Demings slammed Republicans on Wednesday for using law enforcement officials as pawns to advance their political agenda
Her comments came after she blew up at Rep. Jim Jordan during a House hearing on Tuesday regarding a bill that would block defunding police. Demings pounded her fish on the desk as she said: ‘Did I strike a nerve?’
She told Jordan, who attempted to interrupt her, ‘You don’t know what the heck you’re talking about’
In responding to that interaction, Demings told MSNBC: ‘Let’s stay focussed on why we’re here and stop playing these political games. Stop being obstructionists. Let’s remember January 6th when you were completely silent when the police were being beat down.’
On Tuesday, Demings was so upset when Jordan tried to interject that her voice nearly cracked when she yelled.
‘I want to make it quite clear that this amendment is completely irrelevant,’ Demings said.
‘I served as a law enforcement officer for 27 years. It is a tough job,’ she continued. ‘And good police officers deserve your support.’
‘You know, it’s interesting to see my colleagues on the other side of the aisle support the police when it is politically convenient to do so. Law enforcement officers risk their lives every day. They deserve better, And the American people deserve better –’ the Florida Democrat said before Jordan sought to interject.
Instead, the Ohio Republican was met with a fiery rebuttal from Demings, who pounded hand against the desk in front of her as she exclaimed: ‘I have the floor Mr. Jordan.’
‘Did I strike a nerve?’ Demings shouted as she looked in the Ohio Republican’s direction. ‘Law enforcement officers deserve better than to be utilized as pawns. And you and your colleagues should be ashamed of yourselves.’
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler attempted to quell the outbreak from Demings and insist Jordan not interrupt lawmakers during their time
Judiciary committee panel members met Tuesday as Republicans attempt stop the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act from defunding police even though Demings said there is no provision in the legislation that would do so
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler attempted to interrupt the showdown and urged Demings to suspend her irate outburst.
Jordan said he agreed with Nadler that members shouldn’t shout out of turn, and Demings shot back: ‘Mr. Jordan you don’t know what the heck you’re talking about. You know nothing about what law enforcement officers are.’
The hearing happened Tuesday while the jury in the trial against former Officer Derek Chauvin deliberated – and later that day found him guilty on all three charges of 2nd degree murder, 3rd degree murder and manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd during an arrest last May.
‘The verdict was a great step in the right direction,’ Demings told MSNBC on Wednesday.
The tense interaction between Jordan and Demings came after a similar exchange earlier this month involving Jordan.
The Ohio representative, and staunch Trump supporter, got into it with California Representative Maxine Waters during his questioning of Dr. Anthony Fauci during a House subcommittee meeting earlier this month.
When Jordan interrupted Fauci to ask for clarification on when Americans would regain ‘liberties’ stripped during the coronavirus pandemic, Waters told the congressman, ‘Shut your mouth.’