White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, on Wednesday, accused congressional Republicans of seeking to defund the police whilst President Biden takes efforts to struggle crime and stay other folks secure.
The press secretary was once requested if Biden feels the management and Washington was once placing sufficient consideration on crime, particularly in city spaces like Chicago.
Jean-Pierre instructed the reporter that Biden put forth a complete, more secure communities plan after inheriting a upward push within the crime fee – through inheriting, she was once relating to the former management beneath Trump, regardless that she didn’t say his title.
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She additionally mentioned the president has considering the upward thrust of crime for the reason that starting of his presidency, and when he items his finances subsequent week, it is going to replicate that dedication to combating crime.
But Jean-Pierre additionally took the chance to indicate arms at warring parties who she accused of running in opposition to the president.
“What we have seen is that for four years…congressional Republicans have been doing the opposite,” she mentioned. “When you think about the COPS program, which is something that the president put forward, they have wanted to defund that to take it away. And if you think about that, that leads to defunding the police.
Both Democratic lawmakers and members of the media have pushed the movement to defund police. (Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)
“Just not too long ago, they referred to as on defunding the FBI, and whilst you take into accounts the border safety investment, they need to take that away as neatly,” Jean-Pierre added.
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This is not the first time the White House has taken aim at Republicans for working to “defund” the police or FBI.
In October, the White House told Fox News Digital that they were going on offense to hold Republicans accountable for obstructing legislation that would ban “attack” weapons. The official who spoke to Fox said passing the assault weapons ban legislation is key to taking on the rise in violent crime – a problem the Biden Administration claims it “inherited from the Trump management.”
The United States had an assault weapons ban from 1994 to 2004. It was allowed to expire after studies showed that its impact on crime was negligible.
President Biden speaks about inflation and supply chain issues in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
When Biden inherited the rising crime rate, which largely rests in cities controlled by Democratic mayors and city councils and followed the 2020 riots and defunding movement, the administration said every Republican in Congress voted against critical funding that the administration said would have stopped police layoffs from happening across the country.
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The White House also added that Republicans continue to attempt to defund police by voting to eliminate the COPS program, or Community Oriented Policing Services, and even advocate for defunding the FBI.
The COPS program was created in the 1994 crime bill sponsored by then-Sen. Biden is the main way the federal government funds local police. Biden himself has publicly turned against a landmark crime bill he authored that same year, after which crime declined for decades. Biden called that bill a “mistake” during the 2020 presidential campaign.
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While progressive Democrats like Rep. Cori Bush and “The Squad” continue to push the “defund the police” message, Biden has repeatedly said he does not believe the police should be defunded, even signing bipartisan legislation in support of law enforcement.
Brooke Singman of Fox News Digital contributed to this report.