In the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, the calls from Democratic politicians and their supporters to “Defund the Police” in cities and states grew louder and more incessant.
Prominent defund proponents like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and her fellow far-left “Squad” members were among the loudest voices to proclaim that the only way to make communities safer was to funnel police funding into communities of color (and away from the police). Their answer to the alleged problem is a “community-based policing” approach that has others wondering why you’d call a social worker in to settle a domestic violence situation.
Some Democrat-run cities that were already hotbeds for violence, like Los Angeles, New York, and Minneapolis were eager to jump on board with the movement to defund. Others, like Seattle and Portland, look to be following suit.
In response to the anti-police/defund the police rhetoric coming from these Democratic “leaders”, these same cities are seeing a significant uptick in violent crime. Also, we’ve seen fed-up police groups announce endorsements for President Trump’s reelection out of frustration with Democrats and their lack of support.
At the end of today’s press briefing, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany singled out Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and New York City in particular as cities where there has been a distinct correlation between the calls to defund the police and the rise in violent crime. She brought receipts for the occasion via slides, pointing to quotes from L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, AOC, and Minneapolis City Councilman Jeremiah Ellison (son of Minnesota AG Keith Ellison) on how the time was now to defund police, and juxtaposed their quotes alongside violent crime stats from those same cities.
Watch (starts at around the :15 mark):
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) August 4, 2020
It’d be one thing of these “leaders” were simply calling for police reform, but that’s not what they’re doing – not even the ones in Congress who are pretending that they just want to shift a few million here and there but still keep departments funded. They quite literally want police forces disbanded/dismantled because they think social workers and community organizers can resolve most problems that police routinely face. They are sorely mistaken, and unfortunately the very communities they claim to want to help will suffer the consequences of their stupidity.
I look for even more police groups to shift their support from Democrats to Republicans in the coming weeks as more of these cities take steps to strip their funding. Can’t say as I blame them. Police officers put their uniforms on every day knowing they are putting their lives on the line, and for Democrats to treat them all like murderers who are motivated more by hate than the desire to give back to their communities is, as McEnany suggested, appalling.