“We’ve never taken the position as a party that we should defund the police”
The Democrats must have internal polling on ‘defund the police’ that’s truly awful, because some of them are already trying to rewrite the history of the issue.
With violent crime on the rise in many American cities and a midterm election around the corner, Democrats suddenly don’t want to be associated with this at all.
They also think you’re dumb enough to believe they never advocated this position.
Rudy Takala of Mediaite:
Democratic Sen. Hirono Rejects Defund the Police Movement: ‘We’ve Never Taken the Position as a Party’
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) said Wednesday that her party does not support the movement to “defund the police.”
“We’ve never taken the position as a party that we should defund the police,” Hirono said in an interview with CNN’s Ana Cabrera. “I am a progressive Democrat. I have never said that we should defund the police.”
Maybe Senator Hirono never said it, but other members of her party did, and quite explicitly.
Here’s Squad member Ayanna Pressley just two days ago:
Squad member Ayanna Pressley tells CNN's Don Lemon that she still wants to defund the police: "I support a radical reimagining of community safety and public safety … which means reallocating and not further investing." pic.twitter.com/hUrIfk2std
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) June 24, 2021
Some of the Democrats currently running for mayor of New York City are running on defunding the police:
Children on their way to buy candy aren’t safe — and some mayoral candidates still want to defund the police. Remember, those candidates shouldn’t be ranked at all. Vote for safety! pic.twitter.com/fKC42xnQDv
— Detectives' Endowment Association (@NYCPDDEA) June 19, 2021
Over at the White House, Biden press secretary Jen Psaki suggested a few days ago that it’s Republicans who want to defund the police.
Kylee Zempel writes at The Federalist:
White House Rewrites History With Claim That Republicans, Not Democrats, Tried To Defund The Police
Unfortunately for White House staff, the rest of the country isn’t as amnesic as their bossman Joe Biden, which is why when press secretary Jen Psaki on Wednesday tried to pretend it was actually Republicans, not Democrats, who attempted to defund the police, it was easy to call hogwash.
The pants-on-fire moment came in response to a question from Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy, who asked about Biden’s new “comprehensive strategy to combat violent crime and gun violence” that includes a “whole-of-government approach” to hamper the flow of firearms, provide federal support for local law enforcement, and expand summer programming and job opportunities for young people.
Is the idea that criminals are going to stop committing crimes if they have a summer job? Doocy wanted to know.
Psaki’s response gets a handful of Pinocchios:
Part of [Biden’s] announcement is also ensuring there’s specific guidance to communities across the countries to ensure that they have funding to get more community police around the country, something that was supported by the American Jobs Plan that was voted into law by Democrats just a couple of months ago. Some might say that the other party was for defunding the police — I’ll let others say that, but that’s a piece.
Here’s Jen Psaki suggesting REPUBLICANS were trying to defund police pic.twitter.com/m8pus7BS9O
— Kylee Zempel (@kyleezempel) June 23, 2021
This is shameless revisionism. Whatever could be driving Democrats to do this?
Democrat cities across the country have sought to defund the police for over a year. And now they're surprised by a Crime Crisis?
President Biden's solution is to blame guns and lawful gun owners instead of the Left’s open embrace of the Defund the Police movement. pic.twitter.com/D3YA24beEz
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) June 23, 2021
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