Rick Scott reheats ‘defund the police’ feud with AOC

Familiar feud resurfaces.

Sen. Rick Scott seemed to enjoyed trolling U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez so much a few weeks ago that on Wednesday he did it again.

As was the case in June, the subject was the New York Congress member’s call to “defund the police.”

“The media keeps telling us that when the Left says “defund the police” they don’t actually mean defund the police. But the Left keeps telling us they do in fact mean defund the police. This is the most ridiculous & irresponsible policy idea that’s been suggested in my lifetime,” Scott tweeted Wednesday.

The subject of Scott’s ire was the New York City budget, objected to by Ocasio-Cortez on the grounds that “defunding police means defunding police,” the New York Post reported.

“It does not mean budget tricks or funny math. It does not mean moving school police officers from the NYPD budget to the Department of Education’s budget so the exact same police remain in schools,” she said.

The Senator has shown a propensity for what mostly has been a one-sided conflict with the mediagenic Congresswoman, perhaps best illustrated in the aforementioned Fox News hit in June.

“I’ve never heard her say anything that made any sense,” a smirking Scott said, before going on to repeat familiar points about the need for police funding.

However, there have been occasions when Ocasio-Cortez and the Senator mixed it up.

Scott attacked the so-called Green New Deal in 2019.

What’s next? Will we have to register sharp knives? Maybe @AOC will make us register every time we buy meat as part of her #GreenNewDeal,” he asked, before the Congresswoman slammed him.

“That a sitting US Senator can say something lacking so much critical thinking + honesty is embarrassing to the institution. If you were a female candidate, maybe you’d be called ‘unlikeable,’ ‘crazy,’ or ‘uninformed.’ But since you’re not, this inadequacy is accepted as normal.”

Assuming AOC takes the bait this time, the post will be updated.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Frankie M.

    July 1, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    Not defund Ricky…”reallocate”

    After all aren’t the police the ones telling us that they are overburdened by things that are not in their job description like mental health counseling, babysitting, etc? Or you know all the things teachers do while their districts are constantly stuck with unfunded mandates by the state legislature. How is police funding untouchable while school districts are raided like piggy banks?? Time to put $$ into those resources that will really make a difference.

  • Nick Whitehead

    July 2, 2020 at 12:18 am

    Prick Snott is an embarrassing wind bag and a thief.  Sen. Scott stole more from the sick, the poor and the elderly than all the people in Florida’s prisons for theft combined.  He should be in prison not the United States Senate.   Please stop giving a platform to one of Florida’s biggest criminals.

  • Sonja Fitch

    July 2, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    AOC. Ignore this stupid nazi Rick! Nazi Rick killed more folks getting his damn money. Just another piece of old white man crap!

  • martin

    July 2, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    “piece of old white man crap!:

    It is remarks like this that result in thousands being turned off by the liberal left.

    Nothing intelligent to say, just ignorant remarks.

    • Robert Dunn

      July 3, 2020 at 10:31 pm

      “It is remarks like this that result in thousands being turned off by the liberal left.”

      That and looting, arson and murder.

  • Sonja Fitch

    July 2, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    Nazi Ricks plan is to stay in headlines! Why? So when Trump drops out nazi Rick wants to run for President! Lol

  • Marconi

    July 3, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    Painting slogans on streets and sidewalks.
    Marching and chanting.
    Sitting in and blocking streets and businesses.
    Working,staying in school,behaving responsibly.
    Not so much.

  • Steve

    July 6, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    If Scott knew what he was talking about then he would know a very large number of 911 calls is for domestic. In my area of SF, it is the majority. Something police are not adequately trained to do. So no Mr. Scott it is not ending police protection, but that is good soundbite for someone that could care less. What we all want is to allow the police to do their jobs and to get trained help for those that need it.

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