Wrapping up her daily White House press briefing on Tuesday, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany carved out some time for a topic she knew would not be brought up by the partisan hacks in the room: The “Defund the Police” movement and the stunning effects it has already had on violent crime in many of America’s most populated cities.
“I would like to end just by highlighting a troubling trend that I think we’ve seen play out across the country, and I believe we have a few graphics to illustrate this. It pertains to the ‘Defund the Police’ movement,” McEnany said. “And when you look at, across the country, the ties of defunding the police with increases in violence, it’s a cause for concern. As we saw in the beginning of this administration, violent crime was starting to come down, and then bring in the ‘Defund the Police’ movement.
“In Los Angeles, you had L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti proposing a cut of $150 million from the LAPD,” she continued. “L.A. Mayor Garcetti said this: ‘It starts someplace, and we have to say we are going to be who we want to be, or we’re going to continue being the killers that we are,’ was his quote, in support of the defund movement. And as a result, we saw a 14 percent rise in homicides this year over last year.”
McEnany continued, noting that the situation in Los Angeles was hardly unique.
“In Minneapolis, the ‘Defund the Police’ movement was afoot as well, with a unanimous vote in Minneapolis City and their council to dismantle the police,” she said. “And you had Minneapolis City council member Jeremiah Ellison saying, ‘This is one action of many that we need to take on the road to a more equitable and just system that keeps people safe.’ In fact, it did not keep people safe. We’ve seen a 94 percent increase in homicides compared to last year in Minneapolis.”
McEnany went on to cite a similar decline in New York City where there has been a 177% increase in shootings from this time last year.
“When you defund the police, there are consequences,” McEnany concluded. “And that’s where the Democrats of today stand. And, unfortunately, we’ve seen a corresponding rise in violence in these Democrat cities, and it’s not acceptable.”
For Democrats to ignore and make excuses for this rise in crime across the nation is more than unacceptable – it is a picture of cowardice and treason. These spineless progressives are so afraid of saying anything that will spark the ire of Black Lives Matter that they won’t whisper a word of condemnation against the utterly ridiculous idea of defunding and abolishing the police. That makes them unfit to lead, regardless of whether or not they actually support that policy.