The Democrats’ attempt to defund the police turned out to be deeply unpopular.
Now they are editing history.
Joe Biden is trying to gaslight the American people with this horrifying claim.
Crime rates in America’s inner cities have risen dramatically since the Black Lives Matter riots spread across America causing many cities to cut the budgets of their police departments.
During the 2020 campaign, President Joe Biden was asked by Ady Barkan from NowThis, “Can we agree that we can redirect some of the funding [from the police]?”
Biden replied “Yes, absolutely.” He also vowed to “reinvigorate community policing….and make smart investments to incentivize departments to build effective partnerships with social workers and mental-health and substance-use counselors.”
Yet now the Biden administration is trying to claim that it’s really Republicans who are for defunding the police.
It’s insane the way that they’re trying to rewrite the past.
Cedric Richmond, a senior advisor to Biden, appeared on “Fox News Sunday” with host Chris Wallace and claimed congressional Republicans “defunded the police” when asked about the rising crime.
“Part of it is the plethora of guns that are flooding the streets of this country, and that’s something that the president wants to deal with,” Richmond said when asked about the explosion in crime rates. “He knows the toll that violence takes on families, and especially gun violence and what it’s doing over the last 18 months in this country.”
Richmond was shown a clip of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) blaming a “war on police” for the rise in violent crime.
“Senator Graham doesn’t have a clue,” Richmond replied.
“Let’s talk about who defunded the police. When we were in Congress last year trying to pass … an emergency relief plan for cities that were cash-strapped and laying off police and firefighters, it was the Republicans who objected to it,” he continued. “And in fact, they didn’t get funding until the American Rescue Plan, which our plan allowed state and local governments to replenish their police departments and do the other things that are needed.
“Republicans are very good at staying on talking points of who says defund the police, but the truth is, they defunded the police. We funded crime intervention and a whole bunch of other things,” Richmond said.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) released a statement on Sunday blaming Democrats for the crime surge.
“Over the past year, Democrats’ sustained movement to defund, dismantle, and demonize our cops is taking a toll on our communities,” McCarthy told The Daily Wire. “It has manifested in the crime crisis our nation faces today, yet President Biden remains soft on crime and silent on Democrats’ radical policies.
“Supporting the police and striving for safe communities should not be partisan objectives – they are shared values of the American people,” McCarthy added. “It’s troubling that Democrats continue to vilify the police at a time when they truly need our support.”
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