Gowdy describes being a police officer as 'a bad job, even on the days you make it home alive'

Fox News contributor and former House Oversight Committee chairman Trey Gowdy told “The Story” Monday that the police reform measures proposed by House Democrats would make an already "tough job" less desirable.

"I can tell you being a cop was a tough job a month ago, a year ago," Gowdy told host Martha MacCallum. "I don't know a cop that only has one job. I don't know a cop that doesn't have to have a second job to supplement his or her income so their kids have a chance to go to college.

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"It is a bad job, even on the days you make it home alive," Gowdy continued, "and there are lots of times in this country where cops don't make it home alive."

The former congressman explained that most officers are called to the job out of a sense of public service and while there "are bad apples" who should be prosecuted without fail, "the other 98 percent are exactly what we do want in this country."

Gowdy's remarks come amid growing calls to defund the police amid protests sparked by the May 25 death of George Floyd.

On Sunday, Gowdy called the move "the single dumbest idea I've ever heard.”

"Who in the world is going to do the jobs that the police do now?" Gowdy asked MacCallum Monday. "Who will process the crime scenes? Who’s gonna arrest people?"

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Gowdy closed by urging citizens who "really want to impact our justice system," to "get involved in your next sheriff's race" or "run for city council and pick the next police chief."