[Ed. – Or on anything else.]
Last June, I stood at the White House podium and asked an important question: “[W]hy – at the time when violent crime [is] coming down, why would we defund the police who are … responsible for helping America to get to a place where our streets are safe?”
When asked whether it was the Trump White House’s position that defunding the police would lead to increased crime, I replied without hesitation, “Yeah, absolutely” before laying out the important work of law enforcement in 2018: 11,970 murder arrests; 88,130 robbery arrests; 395,800 aggravated assault arrests; and 495, 900 violent crime arrests.
“That’s the police officers who are doing the arresting,” I told the White House press corps. “You eliminate police officers, you will have chaos, crime and anarchy in the streets, and that’s something that’s unacceptable to the president.”