White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended a claim that Republicans voted to "defund the police" when they did not vote for the administration's American Rescue Plan when asked about it Wednesday by Fox News Channel's Peter Doocy.
Doocy asked: "Which Republican ever said they did not like the American Rescue Plan because they wanted to defund the police?"
Psaki replied: "Well, first let me just note that the president ran and won the most votes of any candidate in history on a platform of boosting funding for law enforcement. After Republicans spent decades trying to cut the COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) program."
"There’s a record of that. That doesn’t require anyone having new comments. And then also stood in the way of crucial funding needed to prevent the laying off of police officers as crimes increase, that’s a simple statement of fact," she said.
"There are lots of examples of Democrats explicitly saying that they want to defund the police," objected Doocy. "Are there any examples of Republican members of Congress saying they want to defund the police?"
"I think most people would argue that actions are more important than words, wouldn’t you say?" said Psaki.