The Washington Post took a dim view of the Biden administration’s recent claims that Republicans support defunding police departments across America, with one of the paper’s fact-checkers slapping “Three Pinocchios” on the talking point Wednesday.
Top Democrats, including White House adviser Cedric Richmond and White House press secretary Jen Psaki, have claimed that the GOP turned their back on law enforcement by voting against the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan earlier this year. President Biden said last month that states and cities could use approximately $350 billion in aid from the law to combat rising crime, including by hiring more police officers.
“Although Republicans all opposed Biden’s coronavirus relief package, no one voted to cut, or defund, anything,” Salvador Rizzo wrote in a piece headlined: “The White House’s slipshod claim that Republicans are defunding the police”.
“Rather, Democrats proposed $350 billion in emergency funds for state and local governments, and Republicans voted against those extra funds,” Rizzo added.