“was pressed by Scarborough repeatedly about Democratic messaging on the issue of defunding the police in 2020”
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), who is also the chair of the of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, appeared on Morning Joe today and showed exactly why Democrats are in danger of losing the House in 2022.
Joe Scarborough was trying to help him but Maloney reacted by becoming angry and defensive.
Scarborough reminded Maloney that House Democrats suffered major losses in 2020 and that their majority is now razor thin. He asked Maloney how they are going to respond to accusations of socialism, packing the Supreme Court, cancel culture and the defunding of police.
Instead of providing a rational answer, Maloney accused Scarborough of repeating Republican talking points. He then launched into Democrat talking points about fighting for racial justice and tried to paint the GOP as the party of QAnon.
Julia Manchester of The Hill has details:
Scarborough, DCCC chairman have heated exchange over 2022 strategy
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) and MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Friday got into a heated exchange over Democratic messaging ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
In an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Maloney, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, was pressed by Scarborough repeatedly about Democratic messaging on the issue of defunding the police in 2020, to which Maloney said the party was committed to fighting racial injustice.
“My argument is what are you doing about racial justice?” Maloney asked. “Our party is going to do something about it.”
Scarborough pushed back.
“It’s not the question that I’m asking, it’s the question that Republicans will continue to ask, do Democrats support defunding the police?” Scarborough asked.
Maloney responded by saying the host was “repeating Republican talking points.”
“The answer is no,” Maloney responded. “And you are asking the question and you’re repeating a Republican talking point for reasons I don’t know.”
This is a little over eight minutes long, but worth watching in full:
It’s hilarious to watch Maloney say with a straight face that Democrats don’t want to defund the police. He clearly needs to check in with other members of his party and celebrity supporters.
It wasn't an accident. Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist.
Daunte Wright was met with aggression & violence. I am done with those who condone government funded murder.
No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can't be reformed.
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) April 12, 2021
Funding body cameras.
Funding more trainings.
Funding updated use of force guidelines.
All that funding and reform hasn’t stopped the police from killing people or made our communities safer.
The problem is systemic and it requires systemic solutions.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 16, 2021
For years, we defunded schools.
We defunded health care.
We defunded programs that keep us safe, healthy & housed.
A lot of people who feign outrage when we talk about divesting from systems that perpetuate violence, trauma & death were quiet about the above policy violence.
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) April 14, 2021
— New York Post (@nypost) November 13, 2020
NOW DO PEOPLE UNDERSTAND #DefundThePolice?
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) April 15, 2021
Our hearts are heavy over yet another shooting of a Black man, Daunte Wright, at the hands of police. It’s important to conduct a full and transparent investigation, but this is also a reminder of just how badly we need to reimagine policing and public safety in this country. pic.twitter.com/sgcbRjlApr
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 13, 2021
The murder of #DaunteWright is rooted in white supremacy and results from the intentional criminalization of Black and Brown communities.
This system can’t be reformed.
It must be dismantled and a real system of public safety rebuilt from the ground up.#DefundThePolice
— Ben & Jerry's (@benandjerrys) April 12, 2021
We are dealing with millions of acres of rotten apples…#DefundThePolice
— Sebastian Roché (@sebroche) April 15, 2021
John Legend, Megan Rapinoe, Other Celebrities Sign ‘Defund The Police’ Letter https://t.co/EGquugoqsO
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 3, 2020
"defund the police" means exactly that https://t.co/9n2usx9Mzr
— Laura Wagner (@laurawags) June 9, 2020
Let’s not forget this gem from December.
Spanberger on the Dem caucus call: We lost races we shouldn’t have lost.
Defund police almost cost me my race bc of an attack ad.
Don’t say socialism ever again.
Need to get back to basics.
— Erica Werner (@ericawerner) November 5, 2020
Democrats claiming that no one is calling for the defunding of police is like Libertarians claiming that no one is calling for abolishing the IRS.
They can’t get this genie back in the bottle, and it terrifies them because they know it’s a losing message.
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