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Mike Johnson Struggles to Defend GOP’s Proposed Cuts to Police Funding

Mike Johnson Can't Explain Why Republicans Want to Defund the Police

In a moment of unscripted candor, Speaker of the House Mike Johnson was caught off guard during a “Police Week” press conference when a reporter confronted him about the Republican Study Committee’s proposed budget, which slashes funding for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program.

This program has provided over $20 billion to support local police departments since its inception in the 1990s. Johnson’s hesitation and admission that he hadn’t examined the budget closely spoke volumes as he struggled to reconcile the GOP’s claims of supporting law enforcement with the harsh reality of their proposed cuts.

Mike Johnson Fails to Justify Cuts to Police Funding

The reporter’s question highlighted the glaring inconsistency between the Republican Party’s rhetoric and their policy proposals.

Despite Johnson’s attempts to deflect and claim that funding for law enforcement increased in other areas, the facts remain that the GOP’s budget would significantly reduce federal support for local police departments.

This is not the first time the party has proposed such cuts, and their actions undermine their claims of being champions of law enforcement.

The GOP’s attacks on Capitol police and federal law enforcement agencies responsible for investigating the January 6 insurrection further erode their credibility on this issue.

As Democrats work to convince voters of their commitment to crime and law enforcement, they must confront the challenges of a skeptical public and the influential police unions that have endorsed Trump.

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