Which Party is for Defunding the Police?

The claim: In a press briefing regarding the regarding the American Rescue Plan, Jen Psaki implied that Republican lawmakers support defunding the police. (occurred June 23, 2021)

This is a pivot from the recent talking points by the Democratic party for police reform. The party understands that defunding the police is a losing issue with most Americans, and left-wing politicians are now trying to steer clear from it before the midterms arrive next year.

Following the death of George Floyd, the country saw months of protesting by left-wing activists who held signs saying “defund the police.” The city of Minneapolis’ city council drafted legislation for replacing the Police Department with a Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention.

Even in the week Psaki stated this, the City of Oakland is cutting nearly $20 million from the police department’s budget. Oakland, as well as nearly every major city in America, is run by democrats.

Democratic members of the “squad” including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar have all called for various forms of defunding the police, saying that our system is irreparable.

Republicans continually called for more police enforcement as riots occurred in major cities. It is obvious that Psaki’s claims were an attempt to distance the Democratic Party from an unpopular and failing policy stance.

Update on July 3, 2021: Jen Psaki continues to push the narrative that it is the Republicans, not Democrats, who are against funding the police. And it appears no “journalist” in the room challenged her on the blatant lie.

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