In his State of the Union remarks on Tuesday, Joe Biden responded directly to progressives’ calls to ‘defund the police.’ From Republicans, a standing ovation followed, and from progressives, disapproving looks.
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As a follow-up, he urged Congress to pass more gun control measures to ‘save lives.’
‘We should all agree: The answer is not to Defund the police. The answer is to FUND the police with the resources and training they need to protect our communities,’ Biden said.
The House chamber was filled with applause from both parties, including standing ovations from Republican leaders like House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise.
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Biden then praised his administration’s efforts to provide resources both to hire new police officers as well as to equip them with body cameras and other measures that will increase accountability.
Additionally, the president took the time to remember the two young NYPD officers who were killed while responding to a domestic violence call earlier this year.
‘I recently visited the New York City Police Department days after the funerals of Officer Wilbert Mora and his partner, Officer Jason Rivera. They were responding to a 9-1-1 call when a man shot and killed them with a stolen gun. Officer Mora was 27 years old. Officer Rivera was 22,’ Biden stated.
‘Both Dominican Americans who’d grown up on the same streets they later chose to patrol as police officers. I spoke with their families and told them that we are forever in debt for their sacrifice, and we will carry on their mission to restore the trust and safety every community deserves.
‘I’ve worked on these issues a long time. I know what works: Investing in crime prevention and community policing, cops who’ll walk the beat, who’ll know the neighborhood, and who can restore trust and safety. So let’s not abandon our streets, or choose between safety and equal justice.
‘Let’s come together to protect our communities, restore trust, and hold law enforcement accountable. That’s why the Justice Department has required body cameras, banned chokeholds, and restricted no-knock warrants for its officers.’
He also highlighted the $350 billion allocated for state and local governments in his American Rescue Plan to hire more police and invest in proven strategies like community violence interruption.
In his address to the lawmakers, Biden specifically called for them to pass a series of measures aimed at reducing gun violence in the US.
‘I ask Congress to pass proven measures to reduce gun violence. Pass universal background checks. Why should anyone on a terrorist list be able to purchase a weapon?’ the president asked. ‘Ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.’
He briefly veered off script, saying: ‘You think the deer are wearing a kevlar vest?’
‘Repeal the liability shield that makes gun manufacturers the only industry in America that can’t be sued,’ Biden added.
‘These laws don’t infringe on the Second Amendment. They save lives.’
Rashida Tlaib of Michigan looked grim-faced, staring downwards, as Biden discussed his plans for better equipping police officers.
Tlaib gave the socialist response to the State of the Union after Biden spoke.
Biden and Democrats know they will be beaten handily in the midterms unless they steal elections through mail-in-ballot trickery so they’re are telling Americans lies about what they stand for.
Last month Politico reported that Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee polling finds Republicans gain up to 14 points in swing districts when they attack Democrats on issues such as defunding the police, immigration, and critical race theory.
DCCC has warned Democrats that these issues are ‘alarmingly potent’ against them, with polling showing that they work well to draw three important groups – center-left voters, independents, and Hispanics – toward the Republican Party.
Additionally, swing voters referred to Democrats as ‘preachy,’ ‘judgmental,’ and ‘focused on the culture wars.’
DCCC’s job is to keep the House of Representatives in Democratic control.
The data showed that Democrats need to push back in order to achieve this.
Republicans often say Democrats want to defund law enforcement, so the DCCC encouraged candidates to support law enforcement.
It’s important for Democrats to “say” that they oppose ‘open borders’ on immigration even though they don’t so they can maybe trick the people and stay in power.
Violence has gripped the nation’s biggest cities over the past year, as Democrats continue to call for defunding the police.
Compared to the same period last year, larceny crimes and thefts, like rape, are on the rise in San Francisco. The overall crime rate has risen by 0.5 percent.
Major crimes in New York City increased nearly 40 percent over the same period last year, according to the NYPD. During the first month of 2021, there were 6,905 major crimes in Manhattan, nearly double the number reported last month.
Over that period, grand larceny increased by 58.1 percent. The number of citywide shootings increased by nearly a third.
Recent attacks in the city have also been perpetrated by homeless people, particularly in its subway system, where many had resided during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Statistics reported by Fox 11 LA indicate that overall violent crime in Los Angeles, California, including robberies, increased by 3.5 percent during that time period, though homicides fell nearly 17 percent.
Approximately 75 percent of Americans cited ‘defunding of police departments’ as a reason violent crime has increased in the United States.
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49 percent of respondents said that defunding the police was an important factor in the crime spike, and 26 percent thought it was a minor factor.
Approximately 25 percent said it was ‘not a reason’ at all.
An official in the White House highlighted Biden’s commitment to curb violent crime earlier on Tuesday in a preview of the president’s speech, highlighting his five-part strategy to combat gun violence.
Among the plan’s goals are stemming the flow of firearms used for violence, funding more community violence interventions, expanding employment and other opportunities for teens and young adults, and preventing re-offending by providing more support to formerly incarcerated Americans.
It also suggests providing more support for local law enforcement, such as ‘federal tools and resources to address violent crime and put more cops on the beat,’ the White House official said.