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Republicans Only Want Certain Cops on the Beat

Republicans are simply outraged at calls to defund the police. But for years, they've had no problem defunding the agencies tasked with enforcing laws against the world's most hardened, powerful criminals: corporations.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell speaks as House minority leader Kevin McCarthy and President Donald Trump listen during a signing ceremony for the CARES Act in the Oval Office of the White House on March 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Erin Schaff-Pool / Getty Images)

After a weekend of police violence and protests, Washington Republicans spent Monday pretending to have a fainting spell over the phrase “defund the police.”

“There won’t be defunding,” said a pearl-clutching President Trump, as Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and House minority leader Kevin McCarthy similarly faked outrage over protesters pushing public officials to reevaluate the nation’s bloated $115 billion police budget.

Republican leaders would have us believe they love law enforcement and cops, but that is belied by an unmentioned fact: these are the same greedheads who have eagerly pushed to defund the police charged with protecting us from the world’s most powerful criminals.

Specifically, they have pushed to defund:

Trump has called himself the “president of law and order,” but these efforts to defund the police have created lawlessness and disorder. And yet that hasn’t been mentioned by the politicians and pundits pretending to be scandalized by protesters’ demands for a change in criminal justice priorities.

Apparently, we’re expected to be horrified by proposals to reduce funding for the militarized police forces that are violently attacking peaceful protesters — but we’re supposed to obediently accept the defunding of the police forces responsible for protecting the population from the wealthy and powerful.