Biden EPA Nominee Pushed ‘Defund the Police’ on Chinese State TV
Carlton Waterhouse has a questionable history
Democrat Joe Biden's nominee to hold a leadership position at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promoted the "defund the police" in an appearance on Chinese state television in 2020.
Biden's pick to serve as deputy assistant administrator for the EPA's Office of Land and Emergency Management, Carlton Waterhouse, appeared on China Global Television Network (CGTN) in June last year amid Georg Floyd protests.
"So the idea of defunding the police generally means we should reallocate the funds that are used for policing toward the actual services that are needed by communities," Waterhouse told the network.
"There are places where we see that they don’t have robust police forces, and they seem to be able to live their lives in a way that is acceptable and comfortable for them," he continued.
"In all honesty, if you think about all of our major police forces, we have spent all of our money on a possible cure rather than putting it into education, into health, and into social services."
The government watchdog American Accountability Foundation (AAF) unearthed the comments on Wednesday.
Biden nominee Carlton Waterhouse went on Chinese propaganda TV to advocate for defunding police in the US while ignoring the Chinese government's brutal crack down on Hong Kong. https://t.co/VdJLvB1JeU— BidenNoms, A Project of AAF (@bidennoms) August 11, 2021
Just months after Waterhouse's appearance on CGTN, he joined hundreds of fellow professors and scholars in pledging solidarity with the Defund the Police movement in a signed open letter, the Washington Free Beacon first reported.
"We are inspired by communities that are demanding redefinition of public safety and redistribution of resources to those who have borne the brunt of state violence," the letter read.
"Movement organizers have long highlighted the state’s simultaneous overinvestment in police and divestment from key resources that communities require to thrive and stay safe: health care, education, housing, and employment."
"Today’s calls to defund the police stem from a recognition that policing is rooted in anti-Blackness and the policy choices to impoverish people and then punish them for the predictable consequences of poverty."
Waterhouse is already facing criticism due to racist policies he allegedly supported in the past.
"Carlton Waterhouse is a political activist who supports fringe environmental and racist policies," Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., told Fox News in a statement Tuesday.
"Arkansans and all Americans deserve a fair administrator of law – not an extremist who would weaponize the EPA to serve his wacky version of ‘social justice.’"
The AAF’s BidenNoms website details the controversial comments on race made by Waterhouse, one includes a tweet in 2015 where he claimed shootings were the "symptom" of the "problem" of "White racial dominance."
He also had a questionable take on the landmark civil rights legislation of the 1960s and 1970s, claiming the legislation "represented one more step in a series of unfortunate legal events that ultimately reflected the dominant attitude of society’s white majority toward ending the Jim Crow practices of the south."
Waterhouse clarified his past writings to Fox News about his statement of the landmark civil rights legislation "was noting that it was an unfortunate event that the legislation while impactful did not provide redress for the victims of historic Jim Crow discrimination."
The EPA touted Waterhouse as "an international expert on environmental law and environmental justice, as well as reparations and redress for historic injustices."