The White House sticking to its script to defunding the police, still accusing Republicans of being the party that is calling for it because the GOP voted against the stimulus bill. Her own Peter Ducey, asking press Secretary Jen Saki for any evidence to back this up.
Which Republican ever said that they did not like the American rescue plan because they wanted to defend the police.
Well, first, let me just note that the President ran and won the most votes of any candidate in history on a platform of boosting funding for law enforcement after Republicans spent decades trying to cut the cops program.
Are there any examples of Republican members of Congress saying they want to deep on the police?
I think most people would argue that actions are more important than words. Wouldn’t you say if you oppose funding for the cops program, something that was dramatically cut by the prior administration and many Republicans supported, and then you vote against a bill that has funding for the cops program? We can let other people evaluate what that means. Doesn’t require them to speak to it or to shout it out. Their actions speak for themselves.
Our next guest warn Democrats that defund the police would cost them in the ballot box in 2,020.
Democratic Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin of Michigan joins us now. What do you think about the White House is spin? Can you get on board with that?
Listen, I mean, I think it’s that’s, like just a lot of Washington conversation right there. I think what people want is a strong police force at home that prevents crime. That’s what they want. So I just think it’s a Washington conversation, like who said de fund and who said who didn’t? What people want is a strong police force, and a lot of us are trying to get more resources to them and trying to help them fill their billing.
You’re going to be in a fairly tough race in 2,022, and I know that you intend to win it, but this is probably going to be one of the issues. Now, you’re not saying to fund the police, but colleagues of yours or take a listen to what some of them have said and get your reaction on the other side.
Not only do we need to refund, but we need to dismantle and start a new talking about the reduction of our NYPD budget and refunding a 6,000,000,000 dollar NYPD budget. Yes, I support the defund movement because this is about the the investment in our communities which have historically been divested. I am for defunding the police. Defund the police does not mean abolish the police. It means a dramatic reduction in a number of police and our poor communities or Congresswomen.
I imagine that your opponent, whoever that might be in 2,022, is going to use that kind of rhetoric to try to tie you to them. How will you separate yourself?
Well, listen, I mean, it was already starting the last time in 2,020. And I think again, it’s important to watch what we actually do. As someone who’s a former CIA officer and Pentagon official who worked my entire life to prevent homeland attacks, I am not looking to defund anybody who is in law enforcement, who’s helping to secure our communities. And so you just have to make that point. And to me, it’s about watching the dollars move, right? I mean, I’ve worked hard to try and get more money.
We have a big project we’re trying to do with the Lansing police to try and get more crisis response, more social workers, more help with some of the extreme cases that they’re seeing, hope that people turn off the Squaw boxes and actually watch what’s going on in their communities.
I hope they don’t turn off the squat box. We need all the viewers that we can get.
The NRCC actually, when they are going to target you and 10 other Democrats, I think that your seats are winnable. They aim to take back the majority. Interesting thing to me is that they’re not just talking about defund the police, but they’re also talking about economics, including this line. Democrats harmful economic policies are making everyday goods cost more. If people see things like milk could go up, the prices of meat go up. And Let’s talk about gas prices as well. Do the Democrats have a plan to deal with that reality?
So I think what’s interesting is there’s always going to be new attack ads. I’ve always been in tough races. They’ll pull test, whatever works, and they’ll try a bunch of different things. I think what is important is going back to people and asking how they feel about their overall economic security. Do they feel like they can do well and their kids are going to do better like that very American idea that we should be able to work hard, stay out of trouble, and succeed. That’s to me, what people judge a plan on.
Are they feeling optimistic? I think coming out a COVID, we do feel optimistic. And it’s our job to make sure that those games are solidified through the assistance we give, but also through economic policy. And I think it’s our job to make that point to the American people and show them not with words, but actual needs.
Well, and to your point.
You have been in tough races before. You have won them. And I admire you for coming on the show to talk to us about it. We hope to see you again. Thank you.