The Biden White House is working overtime to falsely shift the blame for skyrocketing crime in Democrat run cities onto Republicans. Biden’s Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, recently insinuated that Republicans were actually the ones who support defunding the police because Republicans voted against Biden’s wasteful $1.9 trillion COVID-19 bill that Democrats rammed through Congress in March. The Democrat strategy now appears to be to defund the police, gawk in horror as violent crime explodes across the country, lie about it, and then re-fund the police using federal dollars to bail out Democrat run cities, while brashly blaming Republicans.
Psaki should actually read the COVID-19 bill Biden signed into law and tell the American public in her next press conference which specific line-item provides funding to the police. There isn’t one. The Biden bill had nothing to do with providing funding for law enforcement. In fact, no provision of that behemoth piece of partisan legislation explicitly allocated funding to a local law enforcement entity. Not one cent was earmarked to a particular police department. None.
The Biden administration has since reinterpreted the law months after it was passed and attempted to divert the leftover COVID-19 funding from the bill to bail out Democrat-run cities who defunded their police departments last summer.
As crime in America’s largest cities climbs higher this summer with a 24% increase in the murder rate over last year’s historic high, the Biden administration is attempting to salvage Democrats’ dismal electoral prospects heading into the 2022 midterm elections by pushing what is easily the top contender for lie of the year: that Republicans – not Democrats – support defunding the police.
You won’t see PolitiFact, CNN, or MSNBC fact-checking the Biden White House for this absurd claim. But the historical record does need to be set straight. AMAC Newsline will not let these anti-police Democrats run from their record.
It was Democrat-run New York City that slashed its police budget by nearly $1 billion.
It was Democrat-run Los Angeles that cut its police budget by $150 million.
It was Democrat-run Portland that voted to reduce its police budget by nearly $16 million and disbanded its Gun Violence Reduction Team.
It was Democrat-run Philadelphia that approved decreasing its police budget by $33 million.
It was Democrat-run San Francisco that planned $120 million in cuts to its police budget.
It was Democrat-run Seattle that culled its police budget by $46 million.
It was Democrat-run Washington, D.C. that passed a police budget slashing funding by $15 million.
It was Democrat-run Oakland that just days ago cut its police budget by nearly $20 million.
And it was Democrat-run Minneapolis that voted to disband its entire police department.
Republicans are on the record pushing back against every one of these Democrat measures to defund the police.
In addition, it was Democrats – not Republicans – at the national level who incessantly called for defunding the police and constantly engaged in anti-police rhetoric for more than a year.
Democrat President Joe Biden supported redirecting funding away from the police. Asked by an interviewer if he agreed that “we can redirect some of the funding” away from police departments, Biden replied, “Yes! Absolutely.”
An interviewer asked Harris if she supports “proposals like what we’ve seen in Los Angeles like Mayor Eric Garcetti saying, ‘Take some of the money from policing – about $150 million dollars – invest it in health initiatives, training initiatives for youth’?”
Harris replied: “I support investing in communities so that they become more healthy and therefore more safe. Right now, what we’re seeing in America is many cities spend over one third of their city budget on policing. But meanwhile, we’ve been defunding public schools for years in America. We’ve got to re-examine what we’re doing with American taxpayer dollars and ask the question: are we getting the right return on our investment? Are we actually creating healthy and safe communities? That’s a legitimate conversation and it requires a really critical evaluation. I applaud Eric Garcetti for doing what he’s done.”
In other words, yes, Harris supported de-funding the police. She also repeatedly stated that “we need to reimagine how we are achieving public safety in America” and critiqued cities where “one third of their entire budget is going to policing.”
Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer, meanwhile, actively fought against and blocked a Senate resolution opposing efforts to defund the police. The resolution stated:
“Whereas defunding the police would leave police departments understaffed and undertrained, while also increasing the risk of violent crime to the communities of the United States, especially vulnerable communities: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Senate—
(1) calls for justice for George Floyd; and
(2) opposes efforts to defund the police.”
In other words, Schumer too supported defunding the police.
Former Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid supported it as well. “Governments are going to have to look at how they can reallocate money,” he declared. “Of course it’s a good idea if we have more social services rather than police.”
Democrat Representative Nancy Pelosi supported “shuffling” some police money around (away from the police) and meanwhile supported the anti-police rhetoric by calling federal officers “stormtroopers.”
Democrat Representative Val Demings asserted that the Minneapolis City Council was “being very thoughtful” after they voted to disband the police—a decision that resulted in catastrophic consequences for the city.
Democrat Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez supported defunding the police, mincing no words like many of her colleagues. “Defunding police means defunding police,” she said. “It does not mean budget tricks or funny math. It does not mean moving school police officers from the NYPD budget to the Department of Education’s budget so the exact same police remain in schools.”
Democrat Representative Rashida Tlaib supported outright abolishing the police. “Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist,” she tweeted. “…I am done with those who condone government funded murder. No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can’t be reformed.”
Democrat Representative Ilhan Omar supported defunding the police and dismantling the Minneapolis Police Department, saying, “The Minneapolis Police Department is rotten to the root, and so when we dismantle it, we get rid of that cancer, and we allow for something beautiful to rise, and that reimagining allows us to figure out what public safety looks like for us.”
Democrat Representative Jamaal Bowman supported defunding the police, leaving no ifs, ands or buts about it. “Yes, I support the defunding of the police,” he said.
Democrat Representative Mondaire Jones supported defunding the police, saying, “We must dismantle white supremacy in all aspects of our society, and that means moving funding away from police departments and toward programs that improve public safety by helping to address the roots of systemic inequality.”
Democrat Representative Cori Bush supported defunding the police: “So yes, defund your butts,” she said. “Defund you.”
Democrat Representative Ayanna Pressley supported abolishing the police, slandering them at the same time: “From slave patrols to traffic stops,” she said. “We can’t reform this.”
Numerous Biden appointees also endorsed this dangerous idea.
Joe Biden’s Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh proposed diverting $12 million in funding away from the Boston Police Department’s budget when he was Mayor of the city, proposing “reallocating 20%” of the Department’s overtime budget to “make a significant investment in equity and inclusion.”
Biden’s Justice Department Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta supported defunding the police. “While front-end systems changes are important, it is also critical for state and local leaders to heed calls from Black Lives Matter and Movement for Black Lives activists to decrease police budgets and the scope, role, and responsibility of police in our lives,” she said.
One of Biden’s Assistant Attorneys General at the Justice Department, Kristen Clarke, supported defunding the police. “We must invest less in police and more in social workers,” she said.
The list goes on. They are on the record, clear, permanent, and unmistakable.
Why does all of this matter? Because the Democrat “defund the police” movement ushered in one of the worst crime chapters in this nation’s history filled with unspeakable violence.
Democrat defunding of the police paved the way for the most economically destructive riots of all time and a cataclysm of crime the likes of which America has not seen at any time during the 21st century.
Over 550 violent riots in more than 220 American cities devastated hundreds of Black owned businesses and injured over 2,000 police officers.
Murder rates soared with their highest one year increase ever, resulting in the deaths of tens of thousands of innocent Americans. Homicides rose significantly in the very Democrat cities that voted to defund the police with murders up by 74% in Seattle, 72% in Minneapolis, 51% in Portland, nearly 40% in New York, 37% in Oakland, 35% in Philadelphia, 32% in San Francisco, 30% in Los Angeles, and 19% in Washington, DC.
After Democrats called for defunding the police, effective policing in America was destroyed, officers were hamstrung and demoralized, and cops retired or resigned en masse.
In New York, police retirements were up 72% in 2020 compared to the year before with more than 2,600 of New York’s finest retiring. In Portland, resignations increased by 155% and retirements soared by 435% over the last year. In Seattle, resignations rose by 261% and retirements surged by 123%.
Even now, just over 50% of 911 calls are being responded to within the target time in Seattle. Response times to the most critical situations including murder or officer needing assistance were 10% slower in New York City over the past year. By August of last year, when the Democrat Minneapolis City Council voted to abolish the police, the average time it took for police to respond to a 911 call in the city had slowed by 40% compared to before the riots began. In Portland, 911 callers were put on hold for hours and police failed to respond to 38 calls over a period of just two days.
New recruitment of officers is also down with new hires decreasing in Portland by 56% and in Seattle by 63%. The Minneapolis Police Department has 200 fewer officers compared to its usual number due to resignations and officers on extended leave. Nationwide, police retirements have jumped 45% and resignations have increased by 18% over the past year.
It is Democrats – not Republicans – who are responsible for destroying policing in America and unleashing a massive crime wave. Now, with the 2022 midterms looming, Democrat party leadership is increasingly worried that voters may be starting to figure that out.
As Democrat Representative Jim Clyburn recently put it, the slogan “defund the police” is “cutting the throats of the party.”
It is a travesty of justice that Congressional Democrats and the Biden administration care more about their own electoral prospects going into 2022 than the lives of the countless Americans who have been subjected to entirely preventable violence and human suffering because Democrats called for defunding the police. Hopefully, however, their crass political concerns will lead to a restoration of police budgets across America, even if it does not lead to apologies from the Democrats who inflicted such horrible damage on the country.