As the Democrats recently flip the script on the failing defund the police movement that they once were zealous in promoting and blame the Republicans for endorsing the policies, former president Donald Trump branded it “disinformation.”
The 45th U.S. president made his remarks in his second return to the campaign stage on Saturday night, July 3, with a rally in Sarasota, Florida, as reported by Breitbart.
“So now they [Democrats] are getting killed by defund police, which they are doing by the way,” Trump said to a packed and adoring crowd of his supporters that officials estimated numbered in the thousands. “But they are getting absolutely killed.”
“There’s a word [called] ‘disinformation,’” Trump continued, warning that the biased media will eventually convince the rest of Americans that it was indeed the Republicans who relentlessly called on the defunding of the law enforcement department.
“If you say it enough, and keep saying it, just keep saying it, they [people] will start to believe it,” Trump said, reminding that the Republicans are now blamed at fault for the counterproductive policies. “We can’t let that happen.”
“It’s disinformation. They say it again and again and again and after months and months of hearing, people begin to believe the Democrats’ claim,” the former president restated.
The death of George Floyd in May 2020 has fuelled heated racial injustice outcries across the U.S., which inspired many leftists to adopt defund-the-police rhetoric to their political agendas. It has since been explicitly embraced by top Democrats such as Congresswoman Cori Bush, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Ilhan Omar.
Yet, as it started to get real that dismantling the law enforcement component from the society is only counterproductive considering the gradual rise in crime rates where such policies are implemented, several Democrats have started to scapegoat that it was the Republicans who initiated the anti-police culture.
Such as on June 28, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that it was the Republicans who covertly endorsed the defunding, arguing that the right-wing party voted against the $1.9trillion American Rescue Plan, which included $350billion that could have been contributed to the police.
Likewise, Psaki could not produce an example of a single Republican who may have voiced their support towards the defund-the-police agenda, Breitbart noted.
Another Democrat who doubled down on the anti-police mantra was Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), candidate for Senate against Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), saying that the Republicans neglected the police when they needed help the most.
“When it came to supporting resources for local communities, including law enforcement, not one Republican voted in favor of that funding,” she said. “When first responders needed them the most— one of those moments—they just didn’t deliver.”
Contrary to the accusations, conservatives were already doubtful of the anti-police rhetoric ever since it emerged.
In mid-June last year, the then-president Donald Trump signed an executive order which sought to reform the police force via federal incentives to local departments amid the intense decry for trimming off the funding for the police.
“There won’t be defunding. There won’t be dismantling of our police,” Trump said during a law-enforcement roundtable at the White House Monday, June 8, 2020, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.
“This abolish culture is absolutely not what voters signed up for when they went to the polls in 2018,” said Minnesota Rep. Tom Emmer, the chairman of the House Republicans’ campaign arm in an interview about Trump’s decision last year. “People want to make sure that they are safe and secure in their communities.”