Senator Ted Cruz of Texas appeared on Fox News’ “Hannity” on June 29. He hit the Democrats with both barrels over their recent duplicity on their “Defund the Police” 2020 campaign promises.
Cruz was especially tough on President Joe Biden and the White House’s recent duplicity and spin regarding the administration’s posture toward the nation’s law enforcement officers.
The appearance by Cruz came right on the heels of aggressive attempts by administration officials and the complicit Washington Post to discredit Republicans who pointed out the unpopularity of the Defund movement among Americans of all races and backgrounds.
Cedric Richmond, the President’s Senior Assistant and Director of the White House Public Engagement Office had just given the administration a call for Fox News Sundays, where he claimed that “Republicans are very good at staying on talking points of who says defund the police. But the truth is, they defunded the police. We funded crime intervention and a whole bunch of other things.”
Factcheck.org subsequently found that position to be misleading, stating that Richmond “suggested that Republicans voted to cut or reduce existing federal funding to police departments which is what some who truly want to ‘defund the police’ advocate. That’s not what happened.”
In response to the smear against the Republican position on police funding, Sen. Cruz did not hold back:
“For them to run out and claim Republicans want to defund the police is like an arsonist showing up at the fire and blaming the firemen. That is like the Chinese blaming the Americans for the Wuhan virus. That is like O.J. saying he’s going to help find the real killer. That is like Democrats saying they are the ones that want to build the wall. It is absurd. It is ridiculous, and they know it, but you know what, they are also counting on the media all encircling Joe Biden and saying, ‘Poor Uncle Joe, he doesn’t want to abolish your police.’ Well, last I checked, Bill De Blasio, the Democratic mayor of New York, campaigned on defunding the police, cut a billion dollars from the NYPD, and De Blasio was standing on that same Democratic stage with Joe Biden. Joe might not remember it, but De Blasio was right there. Last I checked, AOC is a Democrat. Last I checked, Tlaib is a Democrat. Last I checked, Omar is a Democrat.”
“Look, the Democrats understand they are in trouble. Abolishing the police is stupid. The American people know that. By the way, African-Americans and Hispanics overwhelmingly oppose abolishing the police. Suddenly, these rich, white liberals that said let them eat cake, let them be without police, are realizing, oh, no, this is unpopular.”
“You want to know what Joe Biden thinks? Look no further than two of the senior officials he appointed for the Department of Justice, Vanita Gupta, and Kristen Clarke. They are two of the leading advocates for defunding and abolishing the police. Last year in writing a Congressional testimony, they advocated it. Biden appointed them to two of the top positions of the Justice Department. Out of 50 Democrats in the Senate, you know who voted to confirm both of them, all 50. Every single Democrat voted to confirm vocal advocates for abolishing the police. That is who is helping run the Department of Justice right now.”
Since Sen. Cruz’s statements on “Hannity,” the White House has continued with a hypocritical publicity campaign in an attempt to recast its “evolving” position regarding police funding.