Sen. Kennedy: ‘If You Support Defunding Police, You've Tested Positive for Stupid'
Senator says 'cops are necessary'
Republican Sen. John Kennedy blasted the defund the police movement following the recent spate of police-involved shootings.
During an interview on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” Kennedy argued that those in support of defunding the police have “tested positive for stupid.”
He added that police misconduct is rare, noting that law enforcement has around 60 million encounters with Americans every year.
“When someone is hurt — before we assume, there’s this thing called asking. There’s this thing called an investigation."
"The wokeristas don’t want to just jump to conclusions. They want to cannonball into them. They need to get the facts.”
“Let me state a few propositions that I think reflect common sense, and with respect to which most Americans other than the wokeristas agree," he said.
"Number one, most cops, many of whom happened to be black, do not get up every day and go to work hoping for the opportunity to hurt a person of color."
"Number two, cops are necessary. If you support defunding the police, you have tested positive for stupid."
"Number three, it is immeasurably foolish to resist arrest. It is going to end badly, even if no one is hurt," he added.
"You can’t win, the government has the bomb, it’s very dangerous, don’t resist arrest."
"And number four, and this is just me personally if you are a cop and when you see someone about to stab me, I would personally appreciate it if you would stop them."
"Shoot them if you have to, I don’t care who they are. I don’t consider that police misconduct. I consider that saving my life.”
Kennedy called on the fair coverage of police-involved shootings by the media.
“I think everyone agrees that police misconduct should be punished and … police misconduct exists,” he advised.
“But look at the numbers. Let me say it again — every year, cops have encounters with 60 million Americans, 10 million of them are arrested; in two million cases, cops either have to use force or threaten to use force."
"Now, if our friends in the media will cover every one of those cases and be fair about it, but … they are cherry-picking."
"I don’t know what the investigations in North Carolina and Ohio will show, but before we can involve any conclusions and assume its racism, we ought to have an investigation and understand it’s not representative of every case.”