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Washington Post Gave White House ‘3 Pinocchios’ For Claiming GOP Defunded Police

Washington, DC – The Washington Post’s fact checking machine called out President Joe Biden’s administration for lying about who it was that wanted to defund the police and awarded the White House “Three Pinocchios” on the newspaper’s truth scale.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and Cedric Richmond, a senior advisor to President Biden, tried to flip the narrative after months of leftist democrats calling to defund or entirely abolish police departments across the country, FOX News reported.

The Hill called out Psaki for elevating the art of “spinning” the news to actually attempting to “gaslight” public opinion.

The press secretary tried to characterize the American Rescue Plan as a crime-fighting bill.

Psaki told reporters at a press conference that President Biden supported the stimulus package because it “could help ensure local cops were kept on the beat in communities across the country,” The Hill reported.

“As you know, [it] didn’t receive a single Republican vote. That funding has been used to keep cops on the beat,” she claimed

Richmond pushed the same line during an interview with FOX News.

“Let’s talk about who defunded the police,” the adviser to The President said. “When we were in Congress last year trying to pass… an emergency relief plan for cities that were cash-strapped and laying off police and firefighters, it was the Republicans who objected to it.”

“And in fact, they didn’t get funding until the American Rescue Plan, which, our plan allowed state and local governments to replenish their police departments and do the other things that are needed. So look, Republicans are very good at staying on talking points of who says ‘defund the police,’ but the truth is, they defunded the police,” he claimed.

The Washington Post fact checked those statements and called out the Biden administration for lying.

“In this case, there’s not even a line item to attach to the White House’s claim that Republicans are trying to defund the police,” The Washington Post wrote in its assessment.

The paper said that voting against a one-time infusion of cash was not the same as voting to cut police funding and awarded the Biden administration’s claim three of their infamous Pinocchios.

Psaki’s attempt to spin responsibility for defunding the police to Republicans fell flat in the court of public opinion, The Hill reported.

And she was lambasted for it all over the place.

“That’s like an arsonist showing up at the fire and blaming the fireman,” U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told FOX News.

The Hill said the White House was handling the nationwide surge in crime about as well as they were handling the border crisis.

“Add rising crime rates with rising inflation, and Democrats don’t have much to run on in 2022,” Joe Concha, a media analyst, wrote in The Hill. “As it stands now, 2022 is starting to look much like 2010, during the first Obama-Biden midterm, which resulted in a red wave loss of 63 seats for Democrats in the House of Representatives.”

“And all the spin from the White House and its lead gaslighter ain’t gonna change that,” Concha added.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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