The Democrats are pro-police, except when they're against them.
The two parties in Washington are expected to have contentious policy disagreements, but in the latest partisan clash, they seem to agree. At a town hall on Wednesday, President Biden said that Republicans who claim they are the only pro-police party are “lying,” because he also supports law enforcement and opposes “defunding the police.” In fact, White House press secretary Jen Psaki and other Democrats have accused Republicans of defunding the police, after the GOP spent the last year lambasting progressive calls to do just that.
Psaki’s argument revolves around the American Rescue Plan, which sent relief money to states and localities. The bill made no mention of funding for the police, but local officials are now deciding to spend the funds on law enforcement amid a crime wave, and Democrats are eager to claim responsibility. Most observers recognize this messaging tactic as revisionist history. No Republican opposed the bill because it might someday help law enforcement, and many Democratic proponents of the legislation openly support defunding the police.
James Cross is a collegiate associate at the Manhattan Institute.
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