The Democrats and Joe Biden have told some whoppers in their time.
But the whopper they were putting out today, the new “talking point” — that somehow it was the Republicans who were behind “defunding the police” — really takes some kind of nerve to push.
One of Biden’s closest advisers, Cedric Richmond, started it, but then Jen Psaki, speaking on behalf of Biden, supported what Richmond said and tried deceiving the American public with the new line, as well.
Absolutely shameless. Under questioning from Fox's Peter Doocy, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki argues it's *Republicans* who have been defunding the police and not supporting law enforcement because they didn't vote for Biden's stimulus boondoggle the American Rescue Plan. pic.twitter.com/pIwfFkonu1
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) June 28, 2021
It’s offensive, frankly. It assumes that everyone was asleep or brain dead for the past year while across the country, Democrats pushed to defund the police and did pull money and cut police in multiple Democratic-controlled cities. Psaki talks about the pandemic causing cuts. But while it’s possible that there may have been some places that had cuts because of the pandemic, it was the Democrats who were behind the movement across the country to cut the police.
But the White House didn’t leave it there with Psaki. White House Rapid Response Director Mike Gwin went all in on it, too, doubling down on Psaki’s words.
The Rescue Plan is providing significant money to help state and local governments hire police and fund a range of other crime fighting measures.@POTUS and Democrats supported that funding. The GOP voted against it unanimously.
So, yes. https://t.co/gYGQTBqst9
— Mike Gwin (@MGwin46) June 28, 2021
Republicans are not “defunding the police” by not approving bloated Democratic bills. It’s not even logical. Plus can they point where in their bill things were actually specified to fund police?
Am I missing something? For some reason the words “police” or “law enforcement” don’t come up in a search of the text of the 242 page American Rescue plan
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) June 28, 2021
They’re just trying to recast it as that now.
Their internal polling must be showing how badly “defund the police” is playing. What this really shows is that Democrats are realizing how much their embrace of the “defund the police” movement has hurt them and will hurt them in the upcoming 2022 elections. And they’re running just as fast as they can from the fall-out, but they really can’t avoid it because any sentient being knows they were behind it.
Joe Biden and the Democrats fully embraced BLM which had defunding the police as their cornerstone. Democrats in Portland, Seattle, New York, Minneapolis, and other cities all cut police funding or cut police services in deference to the progressives and the BLM push. And there was a cost.
Incredible stats, particularly in Portland pic.twitter.com/tX1ru4zx7k
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) June 28, 2021
This is what people are seeing. These aren’t Republican cities and the public knows what’s going on.
But if people didn’t know it already, they got another golden example of it today when the city of Oakland, CA voted to cut millions out the police budget today. Spoiler? Oakland is one of the most far-left cities on the planet, so no, it’s not Republicans. Thinking that lie just blew up in their faces with this one.
Gotta love that on the very day the children of the Biden White House decide to all try and pretend “actually Republicans defunded the police,” Democrats in California actually vote to defund more police.
If you’re going to gaslight don’t let it blow up in your face. https://t.co/FZmkxhFVHs
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) June 29, 2021