Something must be wrong.
For the second time in as many weeks, the “fact-checkers” at The Washington Post have called out the Biden administration for its blatant lies.
On Wednesday, the Post issued three “Pinocchios” the White House senior adviser Cedric Richmond and President Joe Biden’s spokeswoman Jen Psaki for obviously ridiculous claims that it was the Republicans who were in favor of defunding the cops.
The Post looked at assertions made by Richmond and Psaki about unified Republican opposition to the $1.9 trillion monstrosity known as the American Rescue Plan.
The fiscal boondoggle, adopted along party lines, contained $350 billion for state and local governments – an attempt to bail out poorly managed blue states.
As the Post noted, “Although Republicans all opposed Biden’s coronavirus relief package, no one voted to cut, or defund, anything. Rather, Democrats proposed $350 billion in emergency funds for state and local governments, and Republicans voted against those extra funds. That’s not a reduction.”
Additionally, the Post pointed out that the law itself says that $350 billion was set aside for “states, territories, and tribal governments to mitigate the fiscal effects stemming from the covid-19 public health emergency.”
And in that response, among other things, recipients could use the funding for “premium pay to essential workers or … provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue of such state, territory, or tribal government due to the covid-19 emergency.”
While police officers could qualify as essential workers or be part of government services, the Post added, community policing, which Biden has encouraged them to spend the funds on, “was not included in the text of the legislation itself, so lawmakers had no guarantee before voting on the bill that some of these funds would go to police departments.”
Continuing, the Post noted, “In this case, there’s not even a line item to attach to the White House’s claim that Republicans are trying to defund the police.”
The Tampa Free Press reported last week that the Post hung four Pinocchios on Biden for claiming that in the nation’s founding era, the Second Amendment prohibited Americans from owning cannons – a lie he had previously offered.
“Biden has already been fact-checked on this claim — and it’s been deemed false. We have no idea where he conjured up this notion about a ban on cannon ownership in the early days of the Republic, but he needs to stop making this claim,” the Post said.
Given how frequently he lies, the Post diggers should find Biden fertile territory to keep the Pinocchios coming.
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