This week, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki falsely claimed that Democrat President Joe Biden had “consistently through the course of his career” advocated for increasing funding to police departments.
Psaki’s comments came in response to a reporter asking about the United States’ surging violent crime rate.
“Gun violence is a huge reason for the surge in crime,” Psaki said. “Underfunding of some police departments and their need for additional resources — something the President has advocated for consistently through the course of his career — that’s something we know we need to take action on.”
“And it is absolutely true that he will not be satisfied or complacent when officers are being gunned down or when Americans have to worry about whether they can safely ride the subway or bus,” she added. “That should not be a political issue. He’s somebody who has had a long career of — many decades — of fighting for funding for police departments, for local communities in order to reduce crime.”
The Democrats push to defund the police resulted in a historic surge in violent crime across the country. For example, in Austin, Texas, murder reportedly increased by 300% in one year.
“Austin doesn’t feel as safe recently. Because it isn’t,” the advocacy group Save Austin Now states on their website. “We’ve seen a series of city policy decisions over the last 2 years that have led to a surge in both violent crime and property crime against Austinites. A 300% increase in murders this year. A double-digit increase in property crimes such as burglaries and carjackings. And a massive increase in reports of “soft crimes” that make us uncomfortable, especially us women. This isn’t the Austin we know and love, and it doesn’t have to be.”