UPDATED 8:16 AM PT – Thursday, July 22, 2021
Joe Biden is shifting blame for the rise in crime across the country while also claiming it’s Republicans that are lying about who’s behind the push to defund America’s police departments.
During his Town Hall on CNN Wednesday, Biden actually claimed crime is down, but then said gun violence and murder rates are up. He then focused on his reputation as a gun control senator during his time in congress while stating he’s looking to get rid of everything from 9mm pistols to rifles.
They're not hiding their intentions. Joe Biden says he wants to ban handguns — not merely AR-15s like their previous dishonest talking points suggested. Watch Biden stumble through this town hall answer. pic.twitter.com/DI3CDTN1wL
— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) July 22, 2021
“The idea that you need a weapon that can have the ability to fire 20, 30, 40, 50, 120 shots from that weapon whether it’s a 9mm, pistol or whether it’s a riffle is ridiculous,” said Biden. “I’m continuing to push to eliminate those things, but I’m not lucky enough to get that done in a near term.”
He went on to say that he and other Democrats had never called for defunding the police while asserting that Republicans who point out the left’s support for the movement are liars. Biden went as far as to ask, “are there people in the Republican Party who think we’re sucking the blood out of people?”
After returning to the White House from Ohio Wednesday, reporters on the South Lawn followed up on the issue of Democrats being anti-police. Biden asserted they have no plan on defunding them despite previous comments on the matter.
“I am the Democratic Party, so is the Speaker and so is the Majority Leader,” he stated. “We are not defunding the police.”