As crime surges across countless U.S. cities, it seems the rallying cry of many Democrats to defund or cut police budgets has come back to bite them.
The anti-police pitchfork and torch-carrying leftists who demanded in 2020 that law enforcement, in some cases, be eliminated altogether are now seeing those ideas backfire as criminal activity reaches new highs in many Democrat-run cities.
And it seems the White House may be seeing the same, with press secretary Jen Psaki seeming to admit Monday that the crime spikes are connected, in part, to stifled and drained police budgets.
President Joe Biden was reluctant to agree with the far-left members of his party when he ran his presidential campaign, avoiding calling for an outright defunding of law enforcement. But many cities that moved ahead with cuts to police soon reversed course, as in New York City where Mayor Bill de Blasio eventually moved away from an unpopular plan that initially looked to shift about $1 billion from the NYPD.
Fox News’ Peter Doocy questioned Psaki during Monday’s press briefing at the White House, asking her about the reasons for the crime spikes.
Psaki says underfunding of police departments is one contributor to the rise of crime in the U.S., but Biden’s party has supported defunding the police. pic.twitter.com/EcDb8ueoWM
— MRCTV (@mrctv) January 24, 2022
“So you said that the President is never satisfied if people don’t feel safe. Does he know that after a year in office, people do not feel safe in this country?” Doocy asked.
“Well, Peter, I think if we look at the facts here, we’ve seen a surge of crime over the last two years. Would you agree with that?” Psaki shot back.
“So what are you attributing the rise in crime to then?” the Fox News reporter pressed.
“Well, I think we should be responsible in how we’re reporting to the public what the — what the res- — what the roles are — what the reasons for the surge in crime,” the press secretary replied.
Underfunded? You don’t say.
Any chance it had something to do with your party pushing to Defund the Police across our country? Cities burned and many still haven’t recovered from Democrats’ disastrous policy. https://t.co/lIWBPDSeLs
— Rep. Dan Bishop (@RepDanBishop) January 24, 2022
“Gun violence is a huge reason for the surge in crime. Underfunding of some police departments and their need for additional resources — something the President has advocated for consistently through the course of his career — that’s something we know we need to take action on,” she admitted.
The back and forth continued for several more moments as Doocy continued to press Psaki on President Joe Biden’s specific plans to address the crime surge – which has been concentrated in Democrat-led localities that have reversed course and attempted to re-hire and re-fund their police departments.
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