Great Idea! Trump Calls For Defunding The FBI And DOJ


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Donald Trump said it in an all-caps message on Truth Social Wednesday morning: “REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS SHOULD DEFUND THE DOJ AND FBI UNTIL THEY COME TO THEIR SENSES. THE DEMOCRATS HAVE TOTALLY WEAPONIZED LAW ENFORCEMENT IN OUR COUNTRY AND ARE VICIOUSLY USING THIS ABUSE OF POWER TO INTERFERE WITH OUR ALREADY UNDER SIEGE ELECTIONS!” The usual suspects are enraged, but really, where was Trump wrong? Do American taxpayers really need to subsidize agencies that have become the enforcement arm of the authoritarian Left?

Fox News’ Steve Doocy illustrated yet again how dedicated Fox is to alienating its customer base as he asked a panel, while grinning wryly at Bad Orange Man’s absurdity, “Apparently today, Donald Trump has uh, called for America to defund the police, particularly the FBI, the Department of Justice because the Democrats have weaponized law enforcement. All right, he — who in this panel, raise your hand, who thinks that’s a good idea?” When no one responded, Doocy continued: “All right, nobody.” The unanimity that so satisfied Doocy, however, was hollow, for he had actually misstated his case.


Trump didn’t say anything about defunding the police, a proposition that is associated with the far-Left and skyrocketing crime in our deep blue major cities. Doocy may have picked up this talking point from Old Joe Biden, who has claimed several times that “MAGA Republicans” want to defund the police when the whole world knows that only Leftists have made such a claim.

The sleight of hand is clear: Republicans want to defund these deeply corrupt and politicized federal agencies, not state or local police who are actually out fighting crime rather than trying to criminalize the activities of law-abiding Americans who oppose the Left’s agenda. But calling that an attempt to defund the police gives Leftists a twofer: they can dissociate themselves from the deeply unpopular call to strip local law enforcement of funding, and they can demonize patriots in the process. So for them, there’s no downside. But Doocy, who has locked horns with Old Joe on more than one occasion, should have more decency than to descend to that level.

Joining Doocy in mocking Trump’s call was Rolling Stone, which characterized it as an attempt by the dastardly former president to circumvent the possibility of his finally facing justice: “On Tuesday, Donald Trump became the first former president in U.S. history to be arrested and arraigned. On Wednesday, he called for Republicans in Congress to defund federal law enforcement.” The Daily Beast implied the same thing, headlining its story: “Trump Calls for Lawmakers to ‘Defund the DOJ and FBI’ After Felony Charges.” So the focus, from Fox to the far-Left media, was all about crazy Trump lashing out. Nobody was considering the substance of what he actually said.

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