I know the entire Beltway media will now be obsessed with getting every major Republican elected on record as to whether or not they want to defund the FBI.— Rachel Bitecofer 📈🔭🇺🇲🇺🇦 (@RachelBitecofer) August 9, 2022
Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert released a video stating that she’s “pissed.” She described the actions as “totally un-American” and “Gestapo crap" and added “the department of injustice needs to be cleaned out.” Tagging the FBI in a tweet, she wrote, “the GOP majority must defund all forms of tyranny throughout Biden’s government.”
Fringe-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene unsurprisingly also got in on the action. She has tweeted an upside-down American flag—a symbol traditionally associated with distress—and wrote “DEFUND THE FBI!”
Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced his plans to investigate the person he believes to be behind the search.
Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., another close Trump ally, called for the "complete dismantling and elimination of the democrat brown shirts known as the FBI."
"We must destroy the FBI," he wrote in a subsequent tweet.
Some lesser-known Trump supporters went even further than that. Florida state Rep. Anthony Sabatini called for his state to "sever all ties with DOJ immediately."
Two Democrats- Rashida Tlaib and Cori Bush- in the United States House of Representatives have publicly supported defunding the police. They are clear and explict that communities must be rid of all police.
But now it seems there are three House Republicans- Boebert, Greene, and Gosar- who want to dump the primary federal law enforcement agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Bitecofer understands that journalists will be loathe to put Republicans on the spot by asking if they want to defund the nation's premier law enforcement force. However, Democrats have a responsibility- to lead the Beltway media where it does not want to go.
The media cannot be expected to raise issues Democrats themselves appear to be avoiding. And so pundits and politicians of a liberal bent must force the issue and accuse Republicans of defunding the FBI. Make Republicans deny that they want to defund police; when they're denying, they're losing, as House Majority Leader Clyburn recognizes.
Of course, most Republicans don't want to eliminate a police force. But neither are there more than a very few Democrats who ever have suggested that police forces should be disbanded. Yet, there are prominent Democrats- especially Clyburn, largely responsible for the presidential nomination of Joe Biden- who have publicly spanked unnamed progressive Democrats for wanting to do so.
It's not too much to expect Clyburn and the others to do to Republicans what a few Democrats did to members of their own party. They accused Democrats of wanting to leave the nation's citizens unprotected against dangerous criminals, or at least seeming to do so. Now let's see them turn the argument against the GOP.
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