Are you kidding? As violent crime explodes, Democrats actually claim Republicans were defunding police


WASHINGTON, DC — With statistics confirming an uptick in violent crime across the U.S., some White House officials and Democrat politicians are now suggesting it is because police have been defunded supposedly by Republicans, despite evidence to the contrary.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki recently insisted that Republicans have defunded the police in the past and continue to do so via their actions of voting against legislation sponsored by Democrats.

When FOX News’ reporter Peter Doocy asked her to name one Republican who was against funding police, Psaki could not name one and instead replied, “I think most people would argue that actions are more important than words. Wouldn’t you say?”

The Democrats’ recent championing for police may be influenced by nationwide concerns about the rise in violent crime and midterm elections coming in 2022.

Despite the increased levels of crime, some of the Democrats’ constituents still do not want to fund the police, creating an awkward situation for the Party as it considers how it should approach law enforcement from a monetary aspect.

A recent Yahoo News/YouGov poll found that Americans who identify as Democrats acknowledged crime is rising, but felt the increase is due to guns and systemic racism.

The poll also reflected that most Democrats said being tougher with criminals was not a solution because law enforcement is already too tough with them.

The survey of 1,592 U.S. adults was conducted from June 22 to 24. It found that a significant majority (55 percent) described “violent crime” as a “very big problem” in the United States.

To a lesser degree, others said they were more concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic, race relations, the economy or political correctness, according to Yahoo News.

The same report noted:

“Even more striking is the fact that the number of Americans who consider violent crime a very big problem rose 6 percentage points over the last month, and Republicans (among whom the number increased from 56 to 65 percent) weren’t the only ones contributing to that increase.

“Last month, 45 percent of Democrats described violent crime as a very big problem. Now that number is 8 points higher (53 percent).

“At the same time, 47 percent of Americans now disapprove of the way Biden is handling crime, up from 43 percent last month; just 36 percent approve.”

Studies show that violent crime is indeed rising, but at a lower rate than it was during the 1990s and earlier, according to Yahoo News.

The report cited a study by the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice, which found that the number of homicides across 32 U.S. cities increased 24 percent in the first quarter of 2021 compared with the first quarter of 2020. In addition, aggravated assault rates went up 7 percent while gun assault rates increased 22 percent.

The White House issued a statement on June 23 that corroborated statistics indicating an increase in violent crime:

“With the secondary consequences of the pandemic and the proliferation of illegal guns over the same period, we have seen increased violence over the past year and a half. Homicides rose 30%, and gun assaults rose 8% in large cities in 2020.

“The number of homicides in the first quarter of 2021 was 24% higher than the number of homicides in the first quarter of 2020, and 49% higher than in the first quarter of 2019.

“Black and brown Americans are disproportionately harmed by the direct and indirect consequences of gun violence.”

The report on the poll indicated that there was a strong disagreement about what was causing the spike in violent crime:

“Democrats who believe violent crime is increasing cite ‘rising gun sales’ (66 percent) and ‘systemic racism’ (62 percent) as the top reasons for this; Republicans (69 percent) and independents (62 percent) cite ‘the racial justice movement’ itself.

“Likewise, more Democrats believe law enforcement is ‘too tough on most offenders’ (37 percent) than believe law enforcement is either not tough enough (21 percent) or ‘about right’ (15 percent). Nearly all Republicans say police are not tough enough (52 percent) or ‘about right’ (29 percent).”

The White House claimed that because no Republicans voted for Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), a COVID-19 relief package, conservatives are somehow responsible for defunding law enforcement.

On June 23, President Joe Biden said at a press conference that the ARPA relief package would be used to help law enforcement:

“The American Rescue Plan, which we passed in the first 100 days of my administration, is providing much-needed, historic relief to bring back those law enforcement jobs and social service jobs. 

“Much of this relief has already arrived. The rest is on its way. And we’re now providing more guidance on how they can use the $350 billion nationally that the American Rescue Plan has available to help reduce crime and address the root causes. 

“For example, cities experiencing an increase in gun violence were able to use the American Rescue Plan dollars to hire police officers needed for community policing and to pay their overtime. 

 “Mayors will also be able to buy crime-fighting technologies, like gunshot detection systems, to better see and stop gun violence in their communities.

“They can use the funding to scale up wraparound services for the residents as well, including substance abuse and mental health services that we know will make a difference in prevention of crime.”

Biden also assured Americans during his press conference:

“And for folks at home, the American Rescue Plan, which is a once-in-a-generation investment to reduce violence in America, is available.

“I’m proud of it. It means more police officers, more nurses, more counselors, more social workers, more community violence interrupters to help resolve issues before they escalate into crimes.”

Yet, reading the White House’s plan online reveals it does not explicitly mention funding or hiring more police. Instead, ARPA is Biden’s way of dealing with COVID-19 and directing pandemic relief to Americans and attempting to stimulate the economy.

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The Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC, confirmed in its report that ARPA will instead help cities replace police with trained crisis teams for mental health emergencies:

“Many jurisdictions are now reassessing both the training and use of their police forces. One of the impulses for that reassessment has been the growing recognition that armed police are not the right first responders to a situation where someone is having a mental health crisis.

“At best, the police are rarely able to connect a person with appropriate professional help. At worst, the result is unnecessary injury or death.

“Fortunately, more and more jurisdictions have been introducing crisis intervention teams, special hotlines, and similar models that lead to very different, more effective results.

“The funding now available through ARPA will allow more cities and counties to adopt these alternatives to armed police arriving after a mental health crisis leads to an emergency call.”

Key initiatives of Biden’s ARPA include mounting a national vaccination program and delivering financial relief to American families.

Specific financial relief mentioned includes issuing $1,400 per-person checks; extending current unemployment benefits; helping Americans stay in their homes; increasing SNAP benefits, child tax credits and earned income tax credits; expanding child care assistance; giving families an additional tax credit to cut child care costs; providing $1 billion in cash assistance for TANF recipients; and lowering or eliminating health insurance premiums for over 1 million people.

The final portion of the plan mentions supporting communities struggling with COVID-19 by providing grants, lending and investment to small businesses and distributing “more than $360 billion in emergency funding for state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments to ensure that they are in a position to keep front line public workers on the job and paid, while also effectively distributing the vaccine, scaling testing, reopening schools, and maintaining other vital services.”

While the plan seeks to keep front line public workers employed, it does not state it will fund police departments or hire more police. Instead, it suggests money should go to educators and public transit agencies:

“State and local employment has fallen by around 1.4 million jobs since the pandemic began including layoffs of 1 million educators, compared to around 750,000 job losses during the Great Recession.

“Help hard-hit public transit agencies avoid layoffs and service reductions, which disproportionately harm workers who are more likely to be dependent on public transportation.”

ARPA is Biden’s COVID-19 plan, and it seems a stretch to claim it will tackle issues connected to the pandemic and somehow fund police and decrease violent crime at the same time.

Former NYPD lieutenant Dr. Darrin Porcher recently spoke on FOX News about the tremendous crime surges in New York and Chicago and how the White House is trying to spin facts and incorrectly shift blame on Republicans for defunding police.

When FOX News anchor Steve Doocy mentioned another poll that 7 in 10 voters believe crime is on the rise nationally, Porcher responded:

“You know, it’s just so unfortunate that this meteoric rise is something that hasn’t been stemmed, and when we look at the germane component in this, this is democratically elected mayors.

“We have mayors –more so specific to the Democratic party — that have been part of the problem and not part of the solution. The part of the solution is to be proactive to interdict the crime patterns.

“But when you become part of the problem, that’s when you become reactive and you just sit back and you address it after the carnage exists.

“And that’s where we saw which was reflective in over the weekend in Chicago and in New York and Times Square recently when we had the marine that was shot as an innocent bystander.

“A month ago, we had a shooting in Times Square where a toddler was shot, however, Mayor de Blasio did nothing.

“Now, he’s looking to introduce a level of 50 cops, but the problem already is in existence. You need to be proactive and that’s not what’s happening.”

Doocy then presented a video montage of “Squad” members Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) clearly calling for defunding and dismantling police.

In the clip Doocy showed, Lightfoot said:

“Look, the reality is we can’t rely upon the police to provide public safety.”

The reality is that Chicago’s mayor claims that violent crime is going down, despite the White House confirming in its released statement that it has increased in the past year and a half.

Responding to a reporter’s question about Chicago’s daily violence, Lightfoot recently said:

“Crime is not out of control in our city.

“In fact, crime is on the decline. All of our major indices show the declining in crime, and our homicides and our shootings, year over year, are down.

“That’s a fact, sir.”

Doocy pointed out that had the White House marketed ARPA as one that refunds the police, Republicans would have likely voted for it.

Porcher agreed, saying:

“The defund the police was something that came from the sentiment of Democrats, and so when I find the White House introducing Republicans as being the people that are red lining the police, I just think it’s more of a red herring than anything else.

“It was clear and when we saw the Democrats lose in a lot of these down ballot elections it [was] related to defunding police.”

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