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Cruz Calls Biden Anti-Police Message “Gaslighting”

He's hit the nail on the head.

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What does Ted Cruz want? He’d be perfect on the Supreme Court. There was a rumor he turned down a Trump appointment to that court. He may still want to be president and there is a grudge he holds against Trump from the 2016 primary season. But only a Trump reelection may put him on the court. He’s still young, so he has options. But he won’t have them forever. One thing though, he is always right on the issues. Always.

Cruz: “When a White House press secretary gives a press briefing, you expect spin. You expect some verbal bobbing and weaving if the topic is unflattering to the administration. But when Jen Psaki blamed Republicans for defunding the police last week, it wasn’t spin – it was gaslighting.  

Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked Psaki about senior adviser to the president Cedric Richmond’s claim that Republicans have defunded the police by not voting to pass Biden’s American Rescue Plan. Psaki defended Richmond, doubling down on the idea that Republicans, and not Democrats, have defunded the police. That’s like an arsonist showing up as the fire’s blazing and blaming the firemen; it’s the like the Chinese Communist Party blaming America for the Wuhan virus; it’s like O.J. saying he’s going to help find the real killer. It’s absurd, it’s ridiculous, and Democrats know it.

Let’s look at the facts. Democrats have called to defund the police for over a year and have been successful in doing it. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio last summer pledged to cut the NYPD budget by $1 billion, and New York City passed a budget that did indeed cut $1 billion from the police department. Just a couple of months ago de Blasio realized what a terrible decision that was because he’s now working to reverse it.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has said ‘defunding the police means defunding the police’ and ‘the fight to defund the police continues.’ Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., has called for ‘no more policing,’ Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., said ‘you can’t really reform a department that is rotten to the root,’ and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., introduced legislation to defund police officers in public schools and has said that defunding the police is ‘about true reparations.’

And you want to know what Joe Biden thinks about defunding the police? Look no further than two of the people he nominated to senior positions at the Department of Justice, Vanita Gupta and Kristen Clarke.

Gupta wrote, ‘Some people call it ‘defunding the police,’ other people call it ‘divest-invest,’ but whatever you call it, if you care about mass incarceration, you have to care about skewed funding priorities.’ Clarke wrote last year that a ‘unifying call’ had emerged from the Black Lives Matter movement to defund the police. They are now among the top leadership at the Department of Justice…

The facts are Democrats have repeatedly called to defund the police and have done so in many cities. As a result, crime is rising and Democrat policies have had deadly consequences. Republicans support the police and Democrats have led a campaign to defund the police. For the Biden administration to suggest otherwise is a cynical, calculated lie.”

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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