On Fox News Sunday, President Donald Trump had a difficult moment with host Chris Wallace during an interview when the president claimed that Joe Biden wanted to defund police. Wallace quickly and rudely interrupted the president saying that it wasn’t true.
But it is true. It’s no secret that Wallace doesn’t like Trump, and he seemed to be ready for the president’s accusation, and he appeared only too happy to try a gotcha on him, but Trump was right and Wallace was wrong.
Trump defended his assertions, citing the charter for a partnership between Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), known as the Unity Task Force.
However the task force’s proposals for the Democratic platform do not mention defunding police, and do not talk about abolishing police as Trump also asserted. Further, Biden’s campaign has said the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee does not support the “defund” movement. Wait for it.
Here’s where we are now living in an Orwellian newspeak nightmare.
Biden has voiced support for diverting some funding away from the police. Um…. that’s called defunding the police.
During a “Now This” appearance Biden was talking about police spending on things like armored vehicles and other equipment, saying they don’t need all the tools they use to keep law and order, he was asked a question by activist Ady Barkan, “but we can redirect some of the funding?” Biden responded, “Yes, absolutely.”
To be clear for the Soros-funded freaks at MediaMatters who may be reading this, the man who asked the question wasn’t just talking about the last thing Biden mentioned. The question was about redirecting police funding elsewhere. Biden even said he was speaking generically.
LET’S ALL PAUSE FOR A MOMENT HERE WHILE LIBERALS GOOGLE THE TERM ‘GENERICALLY’.
Further, the charter in question mentions investing in partnerships with non-police professionals to address certain situations.
“Democrats will reinvigorate community policing approaches, so officers on the beat better serve the neighborhoods they work in, and make smart investments to incentivize departments to build effective partnerships with social workers and mental health and substance use counselors to help respond to front-line public health challenges,” the document says.
Here’s the rub. Every city that has major crime problems and problems with policing have all been run by Democrats for decades, some a hundred years or close. Now that things have come to a head after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, a Democrat-controlled city, we have a Democrat running for president who has been in Washington, DC for almost 50 years who literally wrote the 1994 Clinton Crime Bill that many black communities are raging against today. Biden has done nothing to help race relations for close to 50 years, and now we’re supposed to believe he’s going to fix everything even though he can no longer fix himself a sandwich?
While the recommendations don’t explicitly use the letter for form the words “defunding police,” these objectives are similar to some of the stated goals of the defunding movement, which embody helping communities via assistance other than police presence. They call for “federal funding to create a civilian corps of unarmed first responders such as social workers, EMTs, and trained mental health professionals, who can handle nonviolent emergencies.”
What happens when a non-violent mental health call turns violent on the social worker(s) who replaced the cops?
The concept of taking some police funding, but not all of it , and redistributing it elsewhere is in keeping with the concept put forth by Black Lives Matter Managing Director Kailee Scales.
It’s defunding the police regardless of the words used. No matter how much money you “redirect away” from police, it’s called defunding police. But Marxists always like to play newspeak-like word games . “Well, ‘redirecting’ funds means that the money will be moved in a circuitous manner until it is transmogrified into cosmic dust, thus forming an intimate connection with bank accounts electronically through a fiduciary obligation, where it may or may not wind up back to the place where origination happened.”
It’s all gobbledygook nonsense.
In a video posted to the group’s website, Scales explained that defunding police could mean taking just a portion of the money currently going to police and reallocating it to other programs. That’s called redirecting funds.
“What if we used our tax money to put toward other services like education, like health care, like housing, like employment opportunities?” Scales asked in the video, adding, “In some cities, just by defunding the police by 5 percent would double the budget for public health.”
We already do that without having to defund police. Those programs all have budgets, and none of them will replace a cop stopping a violent intruder coming for you in your home. Social workers with clipboard standing at the corner aren’t going to deter criminals from staking out their next crime.
The “defund” movement has been confusing thanks to inconsistent messaging. Some advocates argue they’re merely calling for cuts. Others need to literally end police funding and departments. The latter are the extra-chromosome Marxists who should not be taken seriously, because they are not serious people.
Much confusion was added to the issue thanks to a June appearance by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) (AOC) on ABC’s “Good morning America” who is known for making incoherent statements all the time. It’s her superpower.
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“When we talk about defunding it can show up in multiple ways,” she said. Wouldn’t it be nice if leftists just made declarative states with a single meaning so that they can’t later on tell the world that they all misunderstood what they said? She first said that the purpose of defunding police is so that other programs have the funding they need, but when asked why that money has to come from police, she said that some police departments should not have the “warlike weaponry” that they have. News Flash: most of that warlike weaponry was given to police departments by the Obama/Biden administration.
Rich is syndicated opinion columnist for David Harris Jr. and owner of Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty and faith.
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