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Psaki Blasted For Deflecting Blame For Crime Wave By Claiming GOP Defunded The Police
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 28: White House press secretary Jen Psaki answers questions during her daily briefing on June 28, 2021 in Washington, DC. Psaki answered a range of questions related to pending infrastructure legislation and other topics.
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The Biden administration, struggling to contain a surging crime wave across the U.S., is attempting to deflect blame by pushing the outrageous claim that the Republican Party is responsible for defunding the police. The new narrative from the Biden administration flies in the face of the fact that Democrats were the ones who primarily pushed the extreme “defund the police” agenda over the last year.

During a press briefing on Monday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki doubled down on the claim made by Biden adviser Cedric Richmond over the weekend when he claimed that Republicans were the ones who defunded the police.

Here’s the interaction:

PETER DOOCY, FOX NEWS REPORTER: Okay. Something one of the advisors said this weekend — Cedric Richmond — he said, “Republicans defunded the police by not supporting the American Rescue Plan.”  But how is it that that is an argument to be made when the President never mentioned needing money for police to stop a crime wave when he was selling the American Rescue Plan?

JEN PSAKI, WH PRESS SECRETARY: Well, the President did mention that the American Rescue Plan, they’ll — 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. As you know, it didn’t receive a single Republican vote. That funding has been used to keep cops on the beat.

DOOCY: But at the time, that was sold as: These local police departments might have a pandemic-related budget shortfall — not, “We need to keep cops on the beat because there’s crime wave.”

PSAKI:  I think that any local department would argue that keeping cops on the beat to keep communities safe when they had to, because of budget shortfalls, fire police is something that helps them address —


PSAKI:  — crime in their local communities.

DOOCY: But those are the local communities.  The White House’s argument was: The American Rescue Plan is going to be $1,400 checks.  It’s going to be vaccines, vaccinators.  We’re — it’s going to put us on the path to beating the virus, not —

PSAKI:  It did those things as well.  It was a pretty good bill and piece of legislation.


Republicans opposed the American Rescue Plan because the U.S. economy was already showing signs of recovering and they argued that the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion stimulus, was irresponsible and a massive waste of taxpayer money. Inflation has skyrocketed in the months since the Democrats’ stimulus bill was passed.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell argued that another reason that Republicans opposed the bill was because it would “wipe out the budget deficit of New York State, and eliminate a big part of the deficit in San Francisco,” courtesy of the American taxpayer. The argument had been that it was a bailout for poorly managed Democrat-controlled areas.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy argued the same thing during a speech on the House floor, saying that the bill “gives San Francisco $600 million, essentially wiping out 92 percent of their budget deficit.”

“Now, even the Biden White House agrees: it is very liberal. They called it the ‘most progressive piece of legislation in history,’” McCarthy said, noting that the bill was a highly partisan progressive wish list that came at the expense of the American taxpayer. “So let’s be clear: This isn’t a rescue bill. It isn’t a relief bill. It’s a laundry list of leftwing priorities that predate the pandemic and do not meet the needs of American families.”

Democrats, on the other hand, have explicitly called for defunding the police and have pushed measures to make it happen.

Police departments across are experiencing a staffing crisis following months of demonization by Democrats who called the police “cancer” and pushed for “no more policing.” The crisis comes as homicide rates increased 30% last year and have already increased 24% this year, The New York Times reported.

Forbes Magazine reported last year on numerous Democrat-controlled cities that took action to defund the police in wake of the far-left riots that gripped the country following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

In just the last week, three Democrat members of Congress have called for defunding the police, including far-left Reps. Ayanna Pressley (MA), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), and Jamaal Bowman (NY).

The GOP quickly responded by releasing a list highlighting just a few examples of big name Democrats who they say called for either defunding the police or reallocating police resources over the last year:

Psaki’s claim comes as the Democrat-controlled Oakland City Council voted late last week to cut funds from the police budget.

There was also significant pushback online to Psaki’s claims:

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