Top Biden Adviser Claims Republicans ‘Defunded The Police’
Cedric Richmond, Biden’s senior adviser, attempted to shift the blame away from local officials in major US cities — mostly run entirely by Democrats — as the country sees a widespread spike in violent crimes since last summer.
Appearing on “Fox News Sunday” with host Chris Wallace, the top Biden adviser blamed the violence on guns and said that GOP lawmakers should take responsibility for defunding law enforcement, despite the fact that the loudest calls to “defund the police” was initiated by Democrats including self-proclaimed socialist New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
“Part of it is the plethora of guns that are flooding the streets of this country, and that’s something that the president wants to deal with,” Richmond said when pressed on the explosion of crime in major US cities under President Joe Biden.
“He knows the toll that violence takes on families, and especially gun violence and what it’s doing over the last 18 months in this country,” he added.
The show’s host, then played a clip of Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (South Carolina) putting the blame on a “war on police” and decreased prosecution for the wave of police retirements and eventual surge in violent crimes across mainly Democrat-led cities.
Senator Graham also slammed Biden’s proposed plan of dealing with the crime spike.
“Let’s talk about who defunded the police. When we were in Congress last year trying to pass … an emergency relief plan for cities that were cash-strapped and laying off police and firefighters, it was the Republicans who objected to it,” the top Biden adviser claimed.
“And in fact, they didn’t get funding until the American Rescue Plan, which our plan allowed state and local governments to replenish their police departments and do the other things that are needed.”
“Republicans are very good at staying on talking points of who says defund the police, but the truth is, they defunded the police. We funded crime intervention and a whole bunch of other things,” Richmond further claimed.
The “Defund the Police” campaign arose last summer in the wake of George Floyd’s death, which sparked massive protests and rioting in some states across the country. Black Lives Matter activists and Democratic lawmakers then pushed for local governments to shift funds from law enforcement into social programs instead — which they said at that time is aimed at those living in poverty.
In the wake of the massive anti-police movement, police agencies have lost personnel and crime has increased dramatically in a number of major American cities.
On Sunday, Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (California) issued a statement blaming Democrats for the rise in violence.
“Over the past year, Democrats’ sustained movement to defund, dismantle, and demonize our cops is taking a toll on our communities,” the top House Republican said.
“It has manifested in the crime crisis our nation faces today, yet President Biden remains soft on crime and silent on Democrats’ radical policies,” he added. “Supporting the police and striving for safe communities should not be partisan objectives — they are shared values of the American people.”
McCarthy continued: “It’s troubling that Democrats continue to vilify the police at a time when they truly need our support.”
The murder rate in the United States rose from five murders per 100,000 people in 2019 to roughly 6.2 per 100,000 in 2020, according to preliminary data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The rise spiked further when Biden took office with The New York Times reporting an 18% increase in murders compared to the same time period in 2020 using a sample of 37 cities with data for the first three months of the year.
For example, more than 50 people were shot in Chicago just over the past weekend, while in New York City the rate of shootings in early 2021 also skyrocketed compared to past years.
AOC earlier dismissed concerns about the rising violent crime as “hysteria.”
Violent crime is on the rise in major American cities including Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. Some Republicans have argued it is a result of progressive efforts to push for defunding the police and lower penalties and bail for non-violent crimes.
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