You expect spin when a White House spokesperson does a press conference. But when Psaki blamed the GOP for the defunding of police recently, it was more than a spin – it was downright gaslighting.
Fox News’ Peter Doocy pushed Psaki about the trending claim that the GOP defunded the police when they refused to approve the American Rescue Plan. Psaki defended the claim, and even doubled down on the idea that conservatives, and not liberals, had defunded the police.
That is like a crazed arsonist going to a fire and blaming the firefighters. It’s like the Chinese government blaming the USA for their virus. It’s crazy, it’s insane, and Democrats know it.
Let’s take a look at the facts.
Democrats have urged for the defunding of police for more than a year and have been successful in doing so.
NY Mayor de Blasio promised to lower the NY Police’s budget by $1 billion, and NY City passed the budget that did lower around $1 billion from the police dept.. Just some months ago de Blasio finally grasped what a horrible decision this was and is now wanting to reverse it.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., stated that “defunding the police means defunding the police” and “the fight to defund them continues.” Democrat Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, Mich., has pushed for “no more policing,” Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., said “you cannot really reform a dept. that is rotten to its core,” and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., put forward legislation to remove funding from officers in schools and has said that defunding the police is “about real reparations.”
And what does Joe Biden think about police defunding? Just look at the two people he put into power in the top positions at the Dept. of Justice, Kristen Clarke and Vanita Gupta.
Gupta said, “Some people say it is ‘defunding the police,’ others say it is ‘divest-invest,’ but whatever the name is, if you are concerned about mass incarceration, you must care about funding priorities.” Clarke said last year that a “unifying call” had come from the BLM drive to defund the police.
The fact is that Democrats have routinely called for the defunding of police and have did so in many cities.
Author: Scott Dowdy