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“Democrats now claiming it’s Republicans who want to defund the police is like an arsonist showing up at a fire and blaming the firemen,” said Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) about comments by Democrats claiming that Republicans are calling to defund the police.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Monday, June 28, that Republicans were the driving force behind the measure to defund the police under the allegation that in March they voted against Joe Biden’s $1.9 billion proposal.
Democrats want to defund the police
The reality is that members of the Democratic Party are the ones who have pushed to take the budget away from the police force and put it toward social programs. For example, the Oakland City Council on Monday approved taking $17.4 million in funding away from the Oakland Police Department.
Likewise, it was in June 2020 when members of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Democratic Party presented the bill to defund the Police after the murder of George Floyd.
Similarly, Maya Wiley, Democratic candidate for Mayor of New York (NY), assured that she wants to defund the NYPD. Her proposal is made while her house is protected by private security.
Similar is the case of Councilman Antonio Brown, who also aspires to run for mayor of Atlanta and proposes to eliminate the police budget. The irony in Brown’s case is that weeks ago he was robbed while attending an inauguration ceremony of an event. According to local media, such as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Brown described the assailants as 6- and 12-year-old boys.
Despite this and the fact that the Democratic Party was the real driving force behind “Defund the Police”, now the White House is accusing the Republicans of wanting to defund the police.