Democratic House candidate Cori Bush tweets about defunding the Pentagon

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

ST. LOUIS – Cori Bush, the Democratic congressional candidate who defeated Rep. Lacy Clay in the primary, tweeted Tuesday about defunding the Pentagon.

In the tweet, she says, “If you’re having a bad day, just think of all the social services we’re going to fund after we defund the Pentagon.”

Bush is running against Republican Anthony Rogers and Libertarian Alex Furman. Rogers tweeted Bush “might be a little slow” after seeing her tweet.

Gov. Mike Parson’s campaign also posted about Bush as well as his challenger Nicole Galloway, who supports Bush. He said their comments against our military are irresponsible and unacceptable and should be denounced by every elected official.

“Auditor Galloway doesn’t support defunding the Pentagon and Governor Parson knows that. This is another political stunt from the Parson campaign to distract from the fact that Governor Parson, as the leader of the Missouri Republicans, has refused to denounce Republican House candidate Rick Roeber, who stands accused of sexual and physical abuse by his children. Why is Governor Parson silent?” writes Galloway’s campaign spokesperson.

Bush fired back at her critics late Wednesday afternoon, calling the attacks against her ignorant and maintaining position on cutting defense spending.

Rogers said too many jobs would be lost in the St. Louis area if the Pentagon was defunded. 

“I think we should add jobs rather than taking away jobs at this point in St. Louis,” he said.

Rogers said he would have to see specific plans about how Bush would alter spending before commenting on any priority shift and added, “Just the boldness of defunding an industry sounds kind of insane to me.”

The US Department of Defense says in 2018, St. Louis County received $11.9 billion in defense contracts, St. Charles County received $114.5 million, and St. Louis City received $53.5 million.

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson weighed in on Wednesday with a tweet stating she believes more money should be spent on social services but not at the expense of defunding the Pentagon. 

Arthur Laws, a north St. Louis business owner, agrees with Bush.

“The rich keep getting richer and the poor are getting poorer,” he said. 

St. Louis resident Tracy Morris believes some money currently spent on the military could be better spent in urban neighborhoods. 

“Streets need to be taken care of, vacant houses need to be torn down, and people would like to live in a decent neighborhood,” she said.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

About FOX 2 News

FOX 2 and KPLR 11 in St. Louis cover the news in Missouri and Illinois. There are over 68 hours of live news and local programming on-air each week. Our website and live video streams operate 24/7. Download our apps for alerts and follow us on social media for updates in your feed.

President Harry Truman said: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” That spirit is alive and well at Fox 2. Our teamwork is on display each and every day.

Our news slogan is: “Coverage You Can Count On.” We quite frankly are too busy to worry about who gets the credit. Our main concern is serving the viewer.

We go where the stories take us. Whether it be Washington, D.C when a Belleville man opened fire during a congressional baseball game practice or to Puerto Rico where local Ameren crews restored power after more than 5 months in the dark.

Coverage You Can Count On means “Waking up your Day” with our top-rated morning show. From 4:00 am-10:00 am we are leading the way with breaking news. But our early morning crew also knows how to have some fun! Our strong commitment to the communities we serve is highlighted with our Friday neighborhood shows.

Our investigative unit consists of three reporters. Elliott Davis focuses on government waste, Chris Hayes is our investigative reporter, and Mike Colombo is our consumer reporter. They work in unison with the news department by sharing resources and ideas.

We continue to cover breaking news aggressively and relied on our seasoned journalists to make a difference with the stories we covered. The shooting of Arnold Police Officer Ryan O’Connor is just one example of that. Jasmine Huda was the only reporter who had exclusive access to the O’Connor family during his amazing rehabilitation in Colorado.

Last, but certainly not least, FOX 2 and KPLR 11 are committed to covering local politics. We host debates among candidates and have the most extensive presidential election coverage. Our commitment to politics isn’t just during an election year. We produce two political shows that air every weekend.


Latest News

More News

Tweets from reporters: