Rep. Steve Scalise: Defunding police is ‘crazy idea’ from Democrats that’s rushing America towards socialism


LOUISIANA – House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) recently took on Democrats’ efforts to defund the police, saying that the Dems are going “all in on this crazy idea.”

Scalise appeared in an exclusive interview Monday, April 26, on Fox News Channel’s “America Reports,” to discuss how the GOP will be taking aim in the midterm elections at Democrats’ defunding of police and continued moves toward socialism.

Scalise told hosts Sandra Smith and John Roberts:

“Look, people don’t want to see police defunded, and in every community across America you see that.

“The Democrats, for whatever reason, have just gone all-in on this crazy idea.”

Scalise added that Americans also have problems with other steps taken by Democrats, from open borders, to relations with China, to “wasteful spending and corruption.”

He asserted:

“But there’s other things, too. 

“I mean, you’ve already seen what they’re doing with opening our borders, with just continuing to kowtow to China. They won’t confront China.” 

Rep. Scalise continued:

“And then jobs and the economy continue to be a big issue. 

“And frankly, when you go around the country, every small business person that you talk to says they are looking for workers, and yet what you saw in that boondoggle, the wasteful spending and corruption in the last spending bill that had very little – over 90% had nothing to do with COVID. 

“It’s giving checks to felons in prison and all of that kind of stuff, Green New Deal, that’s killing energy jobs. 

“People are fed up with that kind of socialist agenda.”

Scalise next compared Republicans’ goals with those of Democrats, saying:

“We are talking more about helping families get back on their feet, rounding the corner on COVID, getting kids back in the classroom where all the science says kids should be in the classroom, but the liberals in Washington want to just continue bending down to these liberal unions that want to keep kids out of school.”

He added:

“So, they are disconnected in Washington from the reality, and I think that’s why Speaker Pelosi, this socialist agenda she’s pushing, is out of touch with America.”

Host Sandra Smith next pointed to “spikes in violence” in cities such as New York and Chicago, and she asked Scalise how the GOP was planning to use the defund the police movement and the reality of such violence against Democrats.

Scalise responded by pointing out how Americans are fleeing Democrat-run, police-defunded areas, saying:

“Well, Sandra, we’ve always stood for safety and security, you know, both abroad and at home.

“And I think that’s being lost.

“A lot of these mayors that are letting their cities get out of control with crime because they’ve actually gone down the road of defunding police, with devastating consequences.

“And when you see crime, and in a lot of these communities just getting more and more out of hand, you’re seeing people leave in droves.”

He continued:

“Look at New York.  I think New York State’s lost over 300,000 people in the last year because they’ve had these radical shutdowns, they’ve defunded police.

“People are fleeing and going to states that are run with much more sane, conservative leadership.”

Scalise pointed to Florida as an example of such “sane” leadership, saying:

“Here in Florida, where we’re at having this conference, things are open, people are happy.

“People are coming down.  Their economies haven’t suffered and the students aren’t being denied the opportunity to go back to school.

“So follow the science and also inject common sense, and stop going after and attacking good police, and trying to defund the police, and undermine our national security.”

According to the results of a recent Rasmussen Poll, the GOP may find the majority of potential voters in line with this way of thinking.

On April 25-26, 2021, Rasmussen surveyed 1,000 Likely Voters, asking the following question:

“Which is more likely – that comments critical of the police by some politicians improve the quality of the police’s performance or make it more dangerous for police officers to do their jobs? 

“Or do these critical comments have no impact?”

The results indicated that 55% of U.S. Likely Voters agreed that “anti-police rhetoric” by politicians makes it more dangerous for police to do their jobs.  27% disagreed, and 10% said there was no effect.

Along party lines, the survey showed marked division, with 75% of Republicans agreeing that anti-police comments make “life more dangerous for cops,” as opposed to 35% of Democrats.  In fact, more Democrats (40%) thought that politicians’ critical comments helped, rather than hurt, police performance.

Among those who claimed a Conservative ideology, 75% believed that anti-police comments by politicians made things more dangerous for police to do their jobs, in sharp contrast to 25% of Liberals.  43% of Liberals thought that police performance was improved by such rhetoric, as opposed to 21% of Conservatives.

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Democrat LA Mayor proposes budget increase for defunded LAPD as violent crime explodes in the city

April 28, 2021

LOS ANGELES, CA– Looks like the “defund the police” mindset is over in Los Angeles as Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) proposes an increase to the budget of the Los Angels Police Department (LAPD) amid skyrocketing violent crime and increased vacancies within the department.

According to reports, Garcetti is proposing a 3 percent increase to the LAPD budget from $1.71 billion to $1.76 billion, which amounts to an increase of nearly $50 million.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the mayor’s plan, which would cover the fiscal year beginning July 1st, would continue to provide a force of about 9,750 sworn police officers. Currently, the number of officers is lower because of retirements and resignations over the last year.

The LAPD is expected to have 9,489 officers on June 30th. A Garcetti aide said that the decision to keep the LAPD budget mostly the same was in part a response to rising crime. Hours after that statement, Garcetti said the city needs to continue to keep hiring officers to keep up with retirements.

However, the budget is still smaller than the one Garcetti proposed last year, which ultimately had about $150 million shaved off after the death of George Floyd ignited calls for the police to be defunded across the country.

Craig Lally, president of the union representing police officers, offered a mixed review of the mayor’s recent proposed spending on police. He said that Garcetti’s proposal does not address the “significant damage” caused by last year’s budget cut.

Lally did say, however, that the proposal does make “investments in beginning to add back officers to patrol our streets.” He added:

“We are hopeful that City Council is committed to rebuilding the department as well.”

According to LAPD data that covers the period through April 10th, homicides in the city have risen by 27.6 percent so far this year, compared to the same period in 2020. The number of shooting victims is up nearly 80 percent. 

Cindy Cleghorn, who sits on the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council, said she wants more police patrols in her neighborhood. She said that she remembers the years when gang members threatened people in the middle of the day in her neighborhood and fears those days could soon return. She said:

“We have good officers here. They just need more support.”

Los Angeles is not the only city looking to refund and increase their police budgets despite previous promises of “reimagining police.”

Reportedly, Minneapolis plans to spend more on policing this coming year, while Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) recently requested additional funding for police as the city continues to be plagued by gun violence. 

There were so many shootings and gun violence that Portland was forced to reinstate the city’s gun violence task force in March after disbanding the Gun Violence Reduction Team (GVRT) only months earlier. 

Los Angeles County has also voted to give an additional $36 million to police, which will be split among multiple law enforcement agencies in LA County. The vote reportedly passed 12-0, including a “yea” from Garcetti.

July 2020, city council voted to slash $150 million from the LAPD budget and voters in November 2020 approved a measure to devote 10 percent of the city’s general fun to non-police public safety measures. 

However, the city has seen a sudden spike in a variety of violent crimes over the past year. In January, Los Angeles Police Chief Michael Moore stated that there was more than an eight-fold rise in shootings, from 59 in the first two weeks of 2021 compared with just 7 shootings the same time the year prior. 

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