President Joe Biden’s senior adviser Cedric Richmond made an asinine comment over the weekend, claiming it’s Republicans who “defunded the police.” Appearing on “Fox News Sunday” with host Chris Wallace, the Biden adviser said guns and the Republican party are to blame for violent crime surges and defunding law enforcement.
“Part of it is a plethora of guns that are flooding the streets of this country, and that’s something that the president wants to deal with” said Richmond in response to being questioned on continuously rising crime rates.
Blaming guns, Richmond said Biden “knows the toll that violence takes on families, and especially gun violence and what it’s doing over the last 18 months in this country.” Wallace played a clip of Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) blaming the “war on police” and decreased prosecution for an increase in police retirements.
Graham also criticized Biden’s dealing with the crime spike, to which Richmond responded, “Senator Graham doesn’t have a clue.” He then blames republicans: “Let’s talk about who defunded the police. When we were in Congress last year trying to pass…an emergency relief plan for cities that were cash-strapped and laying off police and firefighters, it was the Republicans who objected to it.”
“And in fact, they didn’t get funding until the American Rescue Plan, which our plan allowed state and local governments to replenish their police departments and do the other things that are needed” claimed Richmond.
“Republicans are very good at staying on talking points of who says defund the police, but the truth is, they defunded the police. We funded crime intervention and a whole bunch of other things” added Richmond.
As Daily Wire writes, “the ‘Defund the Police’ movement erupted last summer amid widespread protests and riots over the death of George Floyd. Black Lives Matter activists and Democratic lawmakers pushed for local governments to redirect funding money from law enforcement into social programs aimed at those living in poverty.”
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