Jean-Pierre said the president secured “historic funding” toward law enforcement in the American Rescue Plan and blamed current crime statistics on former President Donald Trump’s administration.
“This is a president who has secured historic funding to make sure that law enforcement has what it needs and he was able to do this in the face of opposition from Republicans,” she said. “During a time where he inherited a rising crime rate from the previous administration, the president put forth the American Rescue Plan and in that very plan there was more than $300 billion to go to local states and local cities to make sure that they were able to hire law enforcement, to hire firefighters, they were able to hire people that were critical to their needs as they were dealing with a pandemic. Republicans voted against that.”
“Why would she say that?” he asked.
“I can’t do electoral politics from here, as you know. But I kind of don’t agree with your characterization of what she actually said. But I’ll say this and I’ve already said this already, the past few months what we’ve been able to do is create a pretty much clear split screen of what we are doing to deliver for the American people and what Republicans refuse to do,” she said. “We are making sure that we have Medicare and Social Security and we make sure that the Big Pharma is not upping cost for our seniors and making sure that we give them a little bit of breathing room.”