Watch Jen Psaki Hilariously Attempt to Pin ‘Defund Police’ Movement on the GOP
White House press secretary Jan Psaki isnât known for her kindness toward reporters from non-liberal outlets, but then again sheâs not known for her accuracy either, so the pair tend to go hand in hand. What she is known for, is giving Fox Newsâs Peter Doocy a difficult time when he questions some of the Biden administrationâs antics while questioning during press briefings.
The fiery-haired communications officer tends to make her words match her hair color, which makes it all the sweeter when sheâs caught, red-handed, as it were, making things up as she goes along. Despite her constant proclivity to âcircle backâ to topics that are problematic, she still canât seem to resist setting the record straight on issues where the administration gets a bad name, and the issue of the ludicrous âdefund the policeâ movement is one such issue.
Combing Doocy and the insane progressive policy and what you get is a recipe for a good time (if youâre a conservative that enjoys watching liberals get caught lying and sticking their foot in their mouths, which of course, we here all are).
The fireworks began at Mondayâs press briefing when Doocy asked about comments made by Biden adviser Cedric Richmond during an appearance onÂ Fox NewsÂ over the weekend. Richmond had been addressing the American Rescue Plan which one writer in the Independent Journal Review called âtheÂ larded-up COVID-relief packageÂ passed along strictly party lines.â
If you understand the current demographics of Congress then you know that conservatives canât be happy about the bill, however, Richmond attempted to turn the whole thing around saying, âLetâs talk about who defunded the police. When we were in Congress last year trying to pass a rescue plan â Iâm sorry, not the rescue plan but an emergency relief plan for cities that were cash-strapped and laying off police and firefighters â it was the Republicans who objected to it,â he said referencing a small part of a massive funding package that would have partially funded law enforcement officers.
Peter DoocyÂ brought the remarks up, referencing âSomething one of the advisers said this weekend â¦ âRepublicans defunded the police by not supporting the American Rescue Plan,ââ Doocy noted. âBut how is it that that is an argument to be made when the president never mentioned needing money for police to stop a crime wave when he was selling the American Rescue Plan?â
The whistle blew, the flag fell, the starting gun fired, and the mental gymnastics began:
âWell, the President did mention that the American Rescue Plan, theyâll â the state and local funding, something that was supported by the President, a lot of Democrats who supported and voted for the bill, could help ensure local cops were kept on the beat in communities across the country,âÂ PsakiÂ said. âAs you know, it didnât receive a single Republican vote. That funding has been used to keep cops on the beat.â
That wasnât a statement Doocy was ready to let go without a response, so he noted that âat the time, that was sold as, âThese local police departments might have a pandemic-related budget shortfall,â not, âWe need to keep cops on the beat because thereâs crime wave.ââ
The condescension continued, however, as Psaki was backed into a corner. She went on to say that âI think that any local department would argue that keeping cops on the beat to keep communities safe when they had to, because of budget shortfalls, fire police is something that helps them address crime in their local communities,â Psaki said.