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House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., refuted NBC Peacock host Mehdi Hasan after he suggested the movement to defund the police didn’t hurt Democrats in 2020 House races.
In a Thursday appearance on “The Mehdi Hasan Show,” Clyburn blasted Hasan’s suggestions as “poppycock,” declared that defunding the police was a “nonstarter,” especially among Black voters, and described the movement as “a chokehold around the Democratic Party.”
The article goes on to state the following:
“You have been quite critical of the left of your party. The Democrats lost a net dozen House seats last November despite winning the White House. You’ve been very critical of the party’s progressive wing for ‘sloganeering,’ you say, with movements like ‘Medicare for all’ and ‘defund the police,'” Hasan said, citing a study claiming voters paid little attention to Democrat calls to defund the police.
“So is the whole attention on defund the police really a deflection by the party leadership from your own failures? That’s what your critics on the left would say.”
“That is absolutely poppycock. I know what I’m talking about. I’m out here with the voters every day. I did a town hall last night … and I can tell you defund the police is a nonstarter, even with Black people,” Clyburn continued. “If you don’t think that’s true, then look at the results of what just happened in New York City’s election. So the proof is in the pudding. I know what I’m talking about.”
“Defund the police is a nonstarter, even with Black people.”@WhipClyburn explains to @mehdirhasan why he thinks progressive “sloganeering” is a losing game for the Democratic Party. pic.twitter.com/XP4hND5XFO
— The Mehdi Hasan Show (@MehdiHasanShow) July 8, 2021
After polls have shown backlash to the defund the police movement, Democrats appeared to have flipped the blame on Republicans.
The White House accused Republicans of defunding the police because a majority of the GOP voted against Biden’s $1.9 trillion ‘American Rescue Plan,’ which allocated billions to communities for local policing.
Here’s Jen Psaki suggesting REPUBLICANS were trying to defund police pic.twitter.com/m8pus7BS9O
— Kylee Zempel (@kyleezempel) June 23, 2021
However, there is no specific text in the plan that mandates the money to be used on policing, as reported by the Washington Post. The outlet slapped the White House with three Pinocchios for the claim that Republicans are defunding police.
Additionally, when asked by Fox News White House correspondant Peter Doocy to back up those claims, Press Secretary Jen Psaki could not name one Republican who called to defund the police.
ICYMI: Jen Psaki couldn’t name one Republican who wanted to defund police when asked to back up her wild and untrue claims that Republicans were the ones who wanted to defund police. pic.twitter.com/jw9w2F9Fx6
— MRCTV (@mrctv) July 5, 2021
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