McEnany Warns Democrats 'There Are Consequences’ Amid Soaring Crime In Their Cities
WH press secretary blasts Dems for pushing the 'defund the police' movement
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany blasted Democrats for pushing to “defund the police” while allowing their cities to succumb to skyrocketing violence.
McEnany noted the escalating violence in predominantly Democrat-run cities like Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and New York.
“I would like to end just by highlighting a troubling trend that I think we’ve seen play out across the country, and I believe we have a few graphics to illustrate this," McEnany said.
"It pertains to the ‘Defund the Police’ movement,” McEnany added.
“And when you look at, across the country, the ties of defunding the police with increases in violence, it’s a cause for concern. As we saw in the beginning of this administration, violent crime was starting to come down, and then bring in the ‘Defund the Police’ movement.”
“In Los Angeles, you had L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti proposing a cut of $150 million from the LAPD. L.A. Mayor Garcetti said this: ‘It starts someplace, and we have to say we are going to be who we want to be, or we’re going to continue being the killers that we are,’ was his quote, in support of the defund movement,” McEnany said.
“And as a result, we saw a 14 percent rise in homicides this year over last year,” she added.
Neon Nettle reported in June that the Los Angeles Police Department reported a 250% rise in homicides and a 56 percent increase in shootings.
“In Minneapolis, the ‘Defund the Police’ movement was afoot as well, with a unanimous vote in Minneapolis City and their council to dismantle the police.," she continued.
"And you had Minneapolis City council member Jeremiah Ellison saying, ‘This is one action of many that we need to take on the road to a more equitable and just system that keeps people safe.’"
"In fact, it did not keep people safe,'” McEnany said for her second example.
“We’ve seen a 94 percent increase in homicides compared to last year in Minneapolis.”
McEnany then called out New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose city has become plagued with soaring gun crime amid calls to defund the police and protests following the death of George Floyd.
Currently, there have been 600 shooting incidents in New york.
In 2019, the shootings in the city were at 365.
Earlier this month, an $88.1 billion budget was passed by the New York City Council, following $1 billion in cuts to the NYPD with support from de Blasio.
"You had the New York City Council voting to cut police budget by $1 billion. You had Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez saying, ‘Defund the police means defunding the police. It does not mean budget tricks or funny math,'” McEnany said.
“So it wasn’t enough for AOC. But you did have New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said, ‘We think it’s the right thing to do.’"
"It was absolutely not the right thing to do, as we’ve seen a 177 percent increase in shootings from July 2019 in New York.”
“When you defund the police, there are consequences,” McEnany concluded.
“And that’s where the Democrats of today stand. And, unfortunately, we’ve seen a corresponding rise in violence in these Democrat cities, and it’s not acceptable.”
Another example McEnany did not mention was the city of Chicago.
Police departments revealed that in July, Mayor Lori Lightfoot's city went down in history as the city's deadliest month.
On Monday, Police Superintendent David Brown said his department released statistics that revealed the month had been one of the deadliest in the history of the city.
Brown was again repeating what has become a grim ritual of recounting the death of a child in the Democrat-led city.
This time, the top cop was telling the story of young Janari Ricks.
Lightfoot is another example of Democrat leaders who are choosing to virtue signal with pushing the defund the police and the Black Lives Matter movement instead of tackling violence in her city.