President Joe Biden bolstered his reputation for making bizarre and non-sensical statements again this week when he responded to a reporter’s question about police funding by bringing up a far-fetched, Q-Anon-related conspiracy theory regarding “sucking the blood out of kids.”
As the Daily Caller reported, Biden was asked by one of the outlet’s journalists about the support that some within his party have expressed for defunding law enforcement nationwide, which is sure to be a hot topic heading into the 2022 midterm elections.
“Are there people in the Republican Party who think we’re sucking the blood out of kids?” Biden shot back as he walked away when she repeated the extremely reasonable question.
Umm … what?
.@ShelbyTalcott: “Are there people in the Democrat Party who want to defund the police?”
Biden: “Are there people in the Republican Party who think we’re sucking the blood out of kids?”
Shelby: “…I’m not sure”
— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) July 23, 2021
Biden also told reporters that defunding the police “is not the Democratic Party’s position” before proclaiming, “I’m the Democratic Party.”
“I am president,” Biden continued. “So is the Speaker of the House [Nancy Pelosi] and so is the Majority Leader [Chuck Schumer]. We are not defunding the police.” He made the remarks following a town hall-style event hosted by CNN’s Don Lemon, during which Lemon also raised the issue of defunding the police.
“I’ve never said defund the police,” Biden insisted. “I don’t know any communities, particularly communities that are in the most need, and the poorest, and the most at-risk that don’t want police. They want police, though, to look at them as equals.”
But the “Squad” said it
However, Biden’s claim runs contrary to remarks made by some of the Democratic Party’s most high-profile, radically progressive members, including Reps. Cori Bush (D-MO) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
Bush posted a tweet last year in which she criticized former President Barack Obama for not embracing a defund-the-police agenda, saying, “With all due respect, Mr. President — let’s talk about losing people.”
“We lost Michael Brown Jr,” Bush added. “We lost Breonna Taylor. We’re losing our loved ones to police violence. It’s not a slogan. It’s a mandate for keeping our people alive. Defund the police.”
Meanwhile, according to the New York Post, Ocasio-Cortez complained last November that the New York Police Department’s budget is “too high.”
“I believe the path toward justice is a long arc,” the progressive congresswoman explained, adding, “Safety is not just an officer with a badge and a gun.”