It would be funny if it weren’t so infuriating.
Jen Psaki is now trying to tell the American people that it’s the Republicans who wanted to defund the police…
This is laughably dishonest.
In fact, it is abusively dishonest.
The Democrats were the party of crime and BLM race riots.
They’re the ones who wanted to defund the police.
Jen Psaki’s unbelievable gaslighting tells us two things:
- Democrats are incredibly dishonest.
- Their policies are so unpopular, they need to lie.
See Jen Psaki attempt to gaslight the American people below:
.@PressSec: "The president ran on and won the most votes of any candidate in history on the platform of boosting funding for law enforcement, after Republicans spent decades trying to cut the cops program." pic.twitter.com/BErQVBfg42
— The Hill (@thehill) July 3, 2021
He just called it ‘reform’ instead, Jenn.
— The🐰FOO (@PolitiBunny) July 3, 2021
Trying to think of another time where a sizable constituency in a party demanded something so politically toxic that party leaders said it was the other side’s idea all along https://t.co/irVmLYqTR7
— Joe Gabriel Simonson (@SaysSimonson) July 3, 2021
He ran on… what? https://t.co/Ub4YTSq8Ag
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) July 3, 2021
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) July 3, 2021
1984 wasn’t fiction. This is unbelievable
— Will Hall (@dubdubeych) July 3, 2021
Fortunately, there are some honest journalists out there who will not let the Democrat party get away with lie after lie.
A recent article in the New York Post is holding the Biden regime accountable:
This week, White House press secretary Jen Psaki unsheathed one of the most transparently ridiculous political talking points in memory, arguing that Republicans were the ones defunding the police because they failed to support the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion boondoggle COVID “rescue” package earlier this year.
For starters, voting against a supplementary federal spending package isn’t the same as proactively cutting law enforcement funding or redirecting existing money — which is what progressives who support “defund the police” movement advocate.
Indeed, not a single dollar of the American Rescue Plan was ever reserved for law enforcement spending. State and local officials could, if they chose, allocate some of the relief funding towards law enforcement, but they there was no mandate to do so.
If Congress had written a bill that solely focused on increasing law-enforcement manpower — let’s call it the “Fund the Police Act” — very few, if any, Democrats would have voted for it.
There isn’t a poll in existence that shows even significant support for the Defund the Police movement among conservatives. A national poll by USA Today/Ipsos from earlier this year found that 34 percent of Democrats supported the effort — even though many believed it was a straight cut in funding. Sixty-seven percent of Democrats support redistributing portions of police budgets towards social programs, compared with only 16 percent of Republicans.
On the other hand, plenty of local and national progressives have openly called for defunding the cops. When Barack Obama observed “defund the police” tends to hurt Democrats, Rep. Ilhan Omar pushed back, asserting that it was “not a slogan but a policy demand.” Democrats like Cori Bush, Kamala Harris, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and, yes, Joe Biden — who, when asked, “Do we agree that we can redirect some of the funding?” answered, “Yes, absolutely” — all backed defund police efforts to some extent.
Some, not all, have now walked back that support, but the repercussions are now being felt in areas with spiking crime rates. Black Lives Matter spurred a broad-brush vilification of cops by the Left. And city councils across the nation began embracing the idea of defunding cops, including in Minneapolis, where George Floyd was murdered. Not one of the cities that toyed with this “new transformative model for cultivating safety” was run by Republicans.
And, as Psaki and other Democrats know well, the GOP opposition to Biden’s plan wasn’t grounded on the police funding. No serious person believes otherwise.
See some more reactions to Psaki’s intellectual dishonesty below:
They really, honestly believe we’re stupid don’t they? https://t.co/eTWjmcK557
— 🇺🇸 Th3rsty™ 🇺🇸 (Digitally X-hanced!) (@th3rsty) July 3, 2021
Remember how they insisted constantly that Sarah Sanders was a liar? https://t.co/PnxfhYgX1s
— Fuzzy Chimp 🇺🇸 (@fuzzychimpcom) July 3, 2021
100% of this statement is a lie. They don’t even care that you know it’s a lie. They hold nothing but contempt for you. https://t.co/akmhadEeKM
— The Panic (@ThePanic16) July 3, 2021
So why is the Democrat party attempting to backtrack on their “defund the police” policies?
Could it be because their policies are a disaster?
And they need to blame this disaster on the Republicans?
It sure seems like it!
Even CNN is reporting that crime is up BIG TIME:
Violent crime is up. Violent crime and murder rates are certainly up around the country compared to recent years (crime, more generally, is often down). The FBI should release final data for 2020 in the fall, although this year it has changed the way it collects data on violent crime, so it will be difficult to compare year over year. Murder rates, already creeping up from a low of 4.4 murders per 100,000 people in 2014, certainly increased during and now after the pandemic.
The national murder rate of around five murders per 100,000 people in 2019 — is about half its all time recorded high in 1980, when more than 10 Americans for every 100,000 were murdered. Covid, by comparison, has killed more than 183 Americans per 100,000 people, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
We do know that murders rose dramatically in many places in 2020. Cities, which maintain their own data, have shown sharp increases.
In New York City, there was a 97% increase, from 777 shootings in 2019, to 1,531 in 2020, according to City data. This year is off to an even worse start. There have been 718 shootings and 212 murders in New York, as of June 27, according to the NYPD.
One example. In South Carolina, for instance, which has a smaller population than New York City, murders were up 25% in 2020 to 571.
South Carolina had the fifth worst murder rate of any state in 2019, according to FBI data published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with 11 people per 100,000 dying by homicide.
Most of the states with the worst homicide rates were in the South, although New Mexico, Alaska and Maryland had murder rates over 10 people per 100,000.
Where are the most murders? The South. According to FBI reviews of homicide data, the South as a whole routinely has the more homicides than other regions — it had more than 48% of the country’s murders in 2019, despite having a bit less than 40% of the nation’s population, according to the Census Bureau.
The nation’s deadliest city is not in the South, however. In 2019 it was St. Louis, in the Midwest, although here’s an interesting New York Times analysis of the crime rate there, which is affected by the fact that other cities draw boundaries that include more suburban areas.
These numbers are all very antiseptic. There’s a human tragedy in every murder. No, Chicago is not the murder capital of the country. But more than 50 children have been shot there this year and ten have died from gun violence, according to the Sun-Times.
Why is this happening? CNN and other outlets have been charting the rise in violent crime. CNN correspondent Josh Campbell wrote last August about the rise and tried to get at what’s behind it. This is a good and thoughtful story and it’s hard to pull out just one thought from it in part because it does not identify a single cause, although it examines how debates over policing have led to mistrust of police compounded by the social anxiety brought on by Covid. That frustration works both ways.
This year, CNN’s Jim Sciutto spent days on patrol in the Bronx with NYPD and found a serious morale problem. The NYPD is shedding officers.
What will Biden do? CNN’s Kevin Liptak and Jeff Zeleny note that Biden has a long history with criminal justice reform. He helped write the 1994 crime bill that addressed an even worse crime situation decades ago, but ultimately led to an unfair increase in incarceration for Black Americans.
Now, according to CNN’s Maegan Vazquez, Biden has announced a comprehensive strategy on violent crime prevention — with a particular emphasis on gun crimes.
Biden, Vazquez reports, plans to sign executive actions with a particular focus on tamping down gun crimes, according to officials who spoke with reporters Tuesday night, and again called on Congress to take steps to enact new gun control laws. Senior administration officials also told reporters Tuesday evening that Biden’s plan will rely on using American Rescue Plan dollars for more flexible applications, including hiring law enforcement above pre-pandemic levels or using the funds toward community violence intervention programs.”
While CNN did report the truth about the rise of crime, notice how they attempted to spin it.
They conveniently glossed over all the violent crime happening in Chicago as though it isn’t an issue.
And they attempted to blame southern states (Republican states).
But we all know the truth.
And the Democrats do, too.
Defund the police will backfire.
This is just the beginning.