Fox News’ Peter Doocy and White House press secretary Jen Psaki sparred again today on the issue of which party supports law enforcement more.
In a clip tweeted by Benny Johnson, Doocy began, “You mentioned at the last briefing that Republicans wanted to defund the police because they did not support the American Rescue Plan.”
Doocy then asked, “Which Republican ever said that they did not like the American Rescue Plan because they wanted to defund the police?”
Psaki responded, “Well first, let me just note, the president ran and won the most votes in history on a platform of boosting law enforcement after Republicans spent decades trying to cut the cops program, there’s record of that, that doesn’t require anyone having new comments, and then also stood in the way of crucial funding needed to prevent the laying off of officers as crimes increased.”
Doocy then went through examples of Democrats suggesting that the police should be defunded to which Psaki shot back that “actions speak louder than words.”
Quoting various Republican elected leaders who opposed the American Rescue Plan, Doocy pointed out that they didn’t oppose the bill because they didn’t want to fund the police but Psaki disagreed.
Psaki doubles down on her absurd accusation Republicans are the ones who defunded the police.— Benny (@bennyjohnson) June 30, 2021
Psaki, basically: “don’t believe your eyes.” pic.twitter.com/zFTwVVvQgz
Psaki’s claim that Biden ran on a platform of police support seems incorrect as we reported on an interview between Biden and a left-wing activist on July 8, 2020:
Biden: Surplus military equipment for law enforcement, they don’t need that. The last thing you need is an up-armored humvee coming into a neighborhood, it’s like the military invading, they don’t know anybody, they become the enemy, they are supposed to be protecting these people
Barkan: Can we agree that we can redirect some of the funding.
Biden: Yes, absolutely
Previously we reported on Doocy and Psaki’s first exchange on the subject:
We understand that what the national Democrats do may not be the same as what Democrats in individual cities are doing in some places. This being the case, the rhetoric, or the “narrative”, sometimes pushed by speaking in code or people needing to read in between the lines, has been clear.
The left wants to defund the police, with a few exceptions. President Joe Biden even physically knelt in person before the rioting group called Black Lives Matter, which thinks “All Cops are B——“. Joe Biden doesn’t seem to have any issue with that, although if you ask him directly he’ll say he supports police and just wants reform, not defunding. Meanwhile, cities like Oakland, California continue to shift money away from the police as we reported just today, although some other cities have indeed reversed course from defunding.
Nevertheless, many liberal cities have disappointed Republicans who usually “back the blue” when Antifa and Black Lives Matter rioters seem to be able to get away with a lot, giving some Republican activists reason for pause from the blind “back the blue” mantra. Nevertheless, if there is one party that supports the idea of police and law and order over another, it is clearly the GOP, as useless as the GOP is with so many other things.
Biden Administration White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki pushed back on that narrative though, as the Democrat party nationally tries to do damage control. Most reasonable-minded Americans want law and order and to able to call the police if they are robbed or assaulted or burglarized and so on and so forth.
When questioned by Fox News’ Peter Doocy, Jen Psaki claimed that it was Republicans in fact, who want to defund police by not voting for a particular piece of Biden Administration legislation. Curtis Houck tweeted the video clip captioning it:
“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.”
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