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Donald Trump Jr. suggested that Democrats who are calling to defund police departments should make a personal sacrifice as a first step.
The eldest son of President Donald Trump targeted Democrats who are pushing to abolish or cut funding for police departments, calling them out in a tweet directing them to back their rhetoric by cutting their own security to show they are serious.
“We all want to stop police brutality, but cutting funding to police departments like so many Dems want to do doesn’t stop abuses,” Trump Jr. tweeted Monday, adding that “it just makes communities (particularly impoverished communities) less safe.”
“Will those same anti-cop Dems call for their security details to be cut?” he asked.
We all want to stop police brutality, but cutting funding to police departments like so many Dems want to do doesn’t stop abuses, it just makes communities (particularly impoverished communities) less safe.
Will those same anti-cop Dems call for their security details to be cut?
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 8, 2020
His challenge came as Democrats unveiled the Justice in Policing Act on Monday, sweeping legislation aimed at limiting some of the legal protections for police while increasing their accountability. The proposal, delivered amid a grandstanding spectacle of lawmakers sporting traditional African Kente cloth, does not include plans for police departments to be defunded, however.
But that does not mean the more progressive members on the Party’s left have not been vocally advocating the stripping of police across the nation.
“The reduction of our NYPD budget and defunding a $6 billion budget, that costs us books in the hands of our children and costs us very badly needed investment in NYCHA and public housing,” New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed during a virtual debate on Spectrum News.
Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, who represents the state of Minnesota where the protests over the death of George Floyd began, took things a step further and supported calls to “dismantle” the Minneapolis Police Department because it is “rotten to the root.”
“We need to completely dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department. Because here’s the thing, there’s a cancer,” she said at a Minneapolis rally on Saturday. “The Minneapolis Police Department is rotten to the root, and so when we dismantle it, we get rid of that cancer, and we allow for something beautiful to rise, and that reimagining allows us to figure out what public safety looks like for us.”
But some key Democrats have been dragging their heels on jumping aboard the radical push against America’s law enforcement.
Presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden, who recently lectured Americans on how those voting for Trump “ain’t black,” sought to distance himself from the movement.
“I don’t support defunding the police,” the former vice president told “CBS Evening News” on Monday. “I support conditioning federal aid to police based on whether or not they meet certain basic standards of decency, honorableness and, in fact, are able to demonstrate they can protect the community, everybody in the community.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi predictably tried to avoid directly answering a question about the idea during a press conference on Monday.
“So there are all kinds of ways that we can come at this,” she said. “We want to work with our police departments. There are many who take pride in their work, and we want to be able to make sure the focus is on them.”
“The public sentiment could not be clearer: we need to make some transformative change. Not incremental, transformative change,” Pelosi added.
This clip of Pelosi trying to answer a question about whether or not she supports the “defund the police” push is some straight up hostage footage.
She ends it by saying “let’s not get into these questions that may come be the small minds of some, as far as safety is concerned” pic.twitter.com/1ydE8RnxLY
— Nate Madden (@NateOnTheHill) June 8, 2020
The president has attacked the Democrats’ radical agenda against the police, tweeting that the “Radical Left Democrats have gone Crazy!”
LAW & ORDER, NOT DEFUND AND ABOLISH THE POLICE. The Radical Left Democrats have gone Crazy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 8, 2020
“This year has seen the lowest crime numbers in our Country’s recorded history, and now the Radical Left Democrats want to Defund and Abandon our Police,” he added in another tweet Monday. “Sorry, I want LAW & ORDER!”
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