In latest weeks, the Biden administration has tried to assemble a story that the Republicans, and never Democrats, are in favor defunding the police. Dan Bongino explains this as it’s, a “scam.”
“They face-planted, brutally, on this ‘defund the police’ garbage, so now they’re trying to flip the script and say the Republicans are trying to defund the police,” Bongino mentioned on Fox News’ “Unfiltered” on Saturday. “There’s levels of insanity, and if there’s a 1-10 scale: This is a 10.”
“And they’re doing it while doing absolutely nothing to stop the nationwide crime wave in the liberal cities, that they are causing. Crime up, and what are they doing? Trying to blame it on Republicans,” Bongino mentioned.
The Democrats idea that it was actually the GOP who wished to defund the police stems from the GOP’s refusal to go together with the administration’s American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion spending invoice that contained an earmark of $300 million for the COPS neighborhood policing program, which got here into being in 1994 with the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act.
He introduced up Biden advisor Cedric Richmond, who mentioned that it was Republicans who objected to additional federal funding for failing cities that had devolved into lawlessness, and that subsequently, their unwillingness to spend means that “they defunded the police.” “We funded crime intervention and a whole bunch of other things,” Richmond mentioned of Democrat initiatives.
“That’s all nonsense,” Bongino mentioned. “We know what needs to be done to clean up this nationwide crime wave. We know it. I know it. I was police officer under Rudy Giuliani when he was the mayor of New York City and there were very specific things that happened that cleaned that city up from the mess it was to the mecca it became.”
Bongino mentioned that there is no proof that Republicans have been in favor of defunding police, and he confirmed proof that Democrats have been. This consists of public statements from Massachusetts Democrat Representative Ayanna Pressley, who mentioned outright “I assist the defund motion.”
Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar mentioned “not only do we need to defund, but we need to dismantle and start anew.”
New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez mentioned that the phrase “defund” is “the word that’s coming from the streets,” as a part of her lengthy historical past of proclaiming that the police want to be defunded and the cash invested in social packages.
Reps. Jamaal Bowman and Cori Bush, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Vice President Kamala Harris, and so many others in the Democrat get together have publicly and repeatedly introduced their opposition to police and policing. Yet White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki proclaims now that the GOP are the ones actually in favor of defunding. She mentioned lately to Fox News’ Peter Doocy in the White House press briefing room that her proof for that is that “actions converse louder than phrases.”
Bongino is aware of that is rubbish, and identified that in that briefing, Doocy requested Psaki if she “could name a single Republican anywhere who supports defunding the police?” Psaki’s reply was that the GOP was opposed to the American Rescue Plan.
“The actions of Democrat led cities have spoken alot louder than their words. We have heard their words. And they have called for defunding the police, and then they take money from policing and move those funds to community and social programs. Bongino listed cities that have done this, under Democrat leadership, and to the detriment of their own cities. Austin, Los Angeles, Portland, New York City, and Oakland are five of those he mentioned.
“Listen, let’s speak first about what would not work. And what they Democrats are doing now which is BS-ing you. They do want to defund the police, and their speak about defunding the police has led to this,” he said, noting the horrifying murder rates in American cities. Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Portland, New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC have all experienced skyrocketing crime.
Answering the question of what does work, Bongino said that “damaged home windows policing,” which went out of fashion just prior to the massive crime increase, “locks up the guys who do the little crimes.”
“The similar man who jumps the turnstile in the prepare station is the similar man who goes and mugs somebody on the prepare,” Bongino said. “I can not let you know what a revolution in policing that was once I was there. It cleaned up New York City in a single day.” He touted Giuliani’s crowd control policies as well, where no aggression against police officers was tolerated.
The “defund the police” movement, which emerged from the progressive left, has become a political hot potato. While the progressive left pushed the “defund the police” policy ideas to the front of the Democrat platform both during election season and following, Democrats have since tried to distance themselves from the idea as Americans are not in favor of increasing lawlessness in cities.