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Both during, and after participating in a CNN-hosted town hall Wednesday, President Joe Biden accused Republicans of believing he sucks the blood of children.
He first tossed out the bizarre accusation when asked during the town hall about valid allegations from Republicans that congressional Democrats bear some blame for the Jan. 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol. He replied by suggesting that these allegations are equivalent to conspiracy theories about him sucking the blood of children.
When later questioned about the claim from Republicans that “Democrats are anti-police,” he argued that he’s personally pro-police, so much so that cops support him.
“They aren’t saying ‘Joe Biden is anti-police.’ Cops are not saying that about Joe Biden. They know me. Period!” he exclaimed.
FYI, last year the nation’s largest police unions all endorsed his opponent, then-incumbent President Donald Trump.
The clip above is relevant to what happened next.
After arriving back at the White House following the town hall, he was confronted by a reporter about what he’d said about Democrats and defunding the police.
“Can you clarify what you said … that there’s no one in the Democrat Party [who] is anti-police,” the reporter asked him.
“I didn’t say that. That is not the Democrat Party’s position. I am the Democrat Party. I am the president. So is the speaker of the House, so is the majority leader. We are not defunding the police, and have not,” the president replied.
His point was that the Democrat Party’s top officials are against defunding the police, meaning the Democrat Party is by default also against it. The reporter pushed back on this dubious argument by asking about everybody else in the party.
“Are there people in the Democrat Party who want to who want to defund?” she asked.
In response, the president tossed out the blood-sucking accusation again.
“Are there people in the Republican party who think we’re sucking the blood out of kids?” he said.
No, there isn’t a single elected Republican member of Congress who believes Democrats like him are “sucking the blood out of kids.” Not one.
However, there are a plethora of elected Democrat members of Congress who believe the police ought to be defunded.
Moreover, only months ago, House Democrats led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, a bill that Republicans argued would defund the police.
🚨 BREAKING —> Democrats just voted to defund the police.
The unfunded mandates in their bill, H.R. 1280, would cost police departments hundreds of millions of dollars—the equivalent of taking 3,000 cops or more off the streets. Our men and women in uniform deserve better.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) March 4, 2021
Don’t let Democrats fool you. H.R. 1280 defunds the police.
Why won’t Democrats keep your neighborhood safe? pic.twitter.com/4I7aNV8L3X
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) March 4, 2021
Meanwhile, there’s the radical “Squad,” whose every member boasts a powerful committee seat thanks to Pelosi’s maneuverings.
Yet they’re all fervent defund the police advocates:
The “defund the police” movement, is one of reimagining the current police system to build an entity that does not violate us, while relocating funds to invest in community services.
Let’s be clear, the people who now oppose this, have always opposed calls for systematic change. https://t.co/SEh97GS9hg
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) June 9, 2020
We’re going to defund the police and refund our social services.
Don’t like this idea? Well, we don’t like dead Black & Brown bodies & broken families at the hands of those sworn to protect us.
The police have failed at fixing themselves—so we’re going to do it.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) October 19, 2020
It wasn’t an accident. Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist.
Daunte Wright was met with aggression & violence. I am done with those who condone government funded murder.
No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can’t be reformed.
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) April 12, 2021
Pelosi isn’t the only senior Democrat Party figure who’s flirted with pro-defund radicals. So has Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
As minority leader last summer, he chose “to block a resolution from a GOP senator that would oppose defunding the police – despite the motion calling for ‘justice for George Floyd,'” as reported at the time by the New York Post.
He claimed that the bill would do nothing and therefore amounted to just rhetoric.
“The great worry so many Americans have is that so many on the other side will feel rhetoric and then try to let this go away. We demand action, and we demand it now. Real action, not rhetoric,” he said at the time.
By action, he presumably meant defunding the police …
“We heard from the senator from New York and not a word of the resolution itself. What we’re seeing here is the Democratic leader apparently objecting on behalf of the Democratic party in defense of the radical idea that we should defund the police,” Sen. Tom Cotton, the bill’s drafter, responded at the time.
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