Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is upset at Democrats for exposing past Republican votes that defunded the police across America.
In an op-ed published on FoxNews.com, Cruz lamented how Republicans now have to be on the defense on the hot-button issue.
“Jen Psaki blamed Republicans for defunding the police last week, it wasn’t spin – it was gaslighting,” Cruz complained, comparing hard data about his party to serial lying.
Cruz was reacting to an exchange between White House Press Secretary Psaki and Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy, in which Psaki noted, “Republicans spent decades trying to cut the COPS program. There’s record of that.”
Psaki also pointed out that no Republicans voted for the 2021 American Rescue Plan, which provided funds for police around the country to deal with crime issues.
“The president did mention that the American Rescue Plan, the state and local funding, something that was supported by the president, a lot of Democrats who supported and voted for the bill, could help ensure local cops were kept on the beat in communities across the country. As you know, [it] didn’t receive a single Republican vote. That funding has been used to keep cops on the beat,” the press secretary noted.
Republicans have been reeling over the issue for over a week, after Biden adviser Cedric Richmond pointed out in a Fox News appearance on June 25 that Republicans have been doing what they thought they could blame on Democrats.
“When we were in Congress last year trying to pass… an emergency relief plan for cities that were cash-strapped and laying off police and firefighters, it was the Republicans who objected to it,” Richmond pointed out.
Cruz’s op-ed, along with other similar attacks from members of party, may be a sign of Republican panic. The party hoped to make “defund the police” part of its arsenal of attacks against Democrats headed into the 2022 midterm elections. But if Republicans are now on the record as defunding law enforcement as the economy recovered, it could put a considerable wrench in their plans.