The debate over defunding the police has been raging on since the tragic death of George Floyd last year, but now that debate has taken a wild turn.
In an incredible statement, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said this week that Republicans are the one who want to defund the police.
When asked about an administration official who said Republicans are defunding the police by not supporting Biden’s proposed spending, she backed up the comments.
“The president did mention … that the American Rescue Plan, the state and local funding, something that was supported by the president, a lot of Democrats who supported and voted for the bill, could help ensure local cops were kept on the beat in communities across the country,” Psaki said.
Yes, you read that right.
Psaki is referring to the president’s recently released crime plan, which references his proposed federal money for hiring more police officers.
“This strategy will use the Rescue Plan’s historic funding levels and clear guidance to help state, local, territorial, and tribal governments get the money they need to put more police officers on the beat – with the resources, training, and accountability they need to engage in effective community policing – in addition to supporting proven Community Violence Intervention programs, summer employment opportunities, and other investments that we know will reduce crime and make our neighborhoods safer,” the White House said.
While President Joe Biden did support more money for police officers in his plan, the comments came off as a shock to conservatives, who have watched the left call for defunding the police for months.
Also, Republicans are not inclined to vote for more police spending when it is attached to a $2 trillion liberal wishlist.
In fact, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., a leader in the Democratic party has been one of many voices to call for defunding police. On top of that, multiple Democratic-run cities defunded the police and saw their violent crime rates spike.
It’s clear the White House is trying to sell something with their new messaging.
It’s doubtful the American people will buy it.