Biden Claims ‘MAGA Republicans Are Calling For Defunding The Police Department’
During a speech on Thursday, President Joe Biden falsely claimed that “MAGA Republicans” want to defund the police.
While Biden did make one true assertion in his comments — noting that “MAGA Republicans” want to defund the FBI — his claims about the police are blatantly false.
The president made the accusations while speaking during an event at the Finishing Trades Institute in Philadelphia.
“MAGA Republicans are calling for defunding the police department and defunding the FBI now,” Biden said. “That’s a good one. I like that.”
His statement comes after years of Democrats openly supporting the far-left’s “Defund the Police” movement, with some even signing on to calls to “abolish the police.”
Throughout the violent and deadly George Floyd riots in 2020, Democrats across the country called for defunding the police — a policy that led to violent crime skyrocketing in areas where it was implemented.
Members of Biden’s own administration have even supported defunding the police. While on the presidential campaign trail in 2020, Vice President Kamala Harris enthusiastically expressed her support for the movement.
Thirteen members of the Biden campaign even went so far as to donate to a group that paid bail fees for violent Black Lives Matter (BLM) and ANTIFA rioters.
RNC Research on Twitter shared a video last year of comments about the issue from Democrat politicians, entitled “7 Minutes Of Democrats Saying Defund The Police.”
In contrast, conservatives have never supported defunding the police. In fact, many have called for more funding for law enforcement — except the politicized and weaponized FBI.
The calls for defunding the FBI have been happening for some time now, but conservatives’ support for the idea spiked after the controversial FBI raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.
“The FBI raid on Trump’s home tells us one thing. Failure is not an option. We must destroy the FBI. We must save America. I stand with Donald J. Trump,” tweeted Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) in August 2022.
The corruption of the FBI has become clearer in recent weeks, as news broke that the bureau had deleted hundreds of messages and destroyed evidence related to the January 6 trials.
While it is clear that a significant number of Republicans support taking action against the FBI and other abusive federal government agencies, the notion that conservatives support defunding police departments across the country has no factual basis.
However, Biden and others on the left continue to push this lie in what critics say is an attempt to rebrand Democrats as the law and order party after they faced major backlash over the consequences of the “Defund the Police” movement.
Even the left-wing Washington Post was forced to fact-check the Biden administration’s claims of anti-police sentiment among conservatives. The outlet gave the claims “Three Pinocchios” in a July 2021 fact-check entitled “The White House’s slipshod claim that Republicans are defunding the police.”
Biden is not only trying to condemn conservatives for their criticism of the FBI, as he also recently attacked Republicans for opposing his addition of 87,000 new IRS agents.
“They want to make sure we don’t have enough IRS agents,” the president scoffed during comments at the White House on Friday.
“Those IRS agents we had,” Biden added, before lowering his voice to a whisper, “were going to check on the accounts of the super wealthy which require a lot of accounting, a lot of agents to look at it.”
The notion that the additional IRS agents will only go after the “super wealthy” has also been proven to be false. According to an analysis from the Heritage Foundation, “Despite the Biden administration’s claims, it’s almost certain that households making less than $400,000 a year would face increased audits under Democrats’ bill.”
Joe Hinchman, executive vice president at National Taxpayers Union Foundation, agreed with this notion — pointing out that it is easier to target “small and medium businesses” because the rich can easily fight back against an audit, as they can afford to hire attorneys.
“The IRS will have to target small and medium businesses because they won’t fight back,” Hinchman told The New York Post.
“We’ve seen this play out before… the IRS says ‘We’re going after the rich’ but when you’re trying to raise that much money, the rich can only get you so far,” he continued.
“The approach here is to double the IRS workforce, take the leash off, and see how much they can collect,” Hinchman added. “I think they’ll collect it but it will be quite painful.”