The Washington Post’s Fact-Checker dinged the White House for claiming Republicans have been “defunding the police,” giving the eyebrow-raising speaking level “Three Pinocchios.”
Recent remarks by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and senior Biden adviser Cedric Richmond had sought to show the tables on months of some progressive Democrats advocating for slicing and even dismantling municipal police division budgets. Their logic was GOP opposition to the $1.9-trillion coronavirus aid invoice handed this 12 months amounted to supporting defunding police, since $350 billion was allotted for state and native authorities help.
“Although Republicans all opposed Biden’s coronavirus relief package, no one voted to cut, or defund, anything. Rather, Democrats proposed $350 billion in emergency funds for state and local governments, and Republicans voted against those extra funds. That’s not a reduction,” the Post’s Glenn Kessler wrote.
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President Biden has resisted efforts from the left flank of his social gathering to name for police funds cuts, however the efforts by his White House to shift the label of anti-police to Republicans appeared to display the harm of even the looks of that place. Despite the brazenness of the White House’s claims, some liberal media figures fell in step with the speaking level, Fox News reported final week.
While Biden introduced final month he needed cities to faucet the emergency $350 billion fund to rent extra police officers, there was no textual content within the American Rescue Plan itself that mandated these monies go towards policing, Kessler famous.
“In response to our questions, White House officials said Republicans were ‘effectively’ trying to defund the police by withholding support for the coronavirus relief package and by proposing to claw back some of the $350 billion in state and local aid amid ongoing infrastructure negotiations,” Kessler wrote.
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In his conclusion, Kessler wrote there was no line merchandise within the huge coronavirus laws to connect to White House claims that Republicans needed to defund police.
“[G]oing strictly by the bill text, lawmakers had no guarantee that police would get a slice of the pie,” he wrote. “What’s more, voting against a one-time infusion of cash is not the same as voting to cut funding, so there is little basis to claim that Republicans are trying to ‘defund the police.'”
Even earlier than Kessler and others hit Psaki and Richmond for their remarks, Republicans had reacted with outrage on the notion they have been for chopping police funding.
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“That’s like an arsonist showing up at the fire and blaming the fireman,” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, informed “Hannity” final week.