Earlier this week, President Donald Trump reportedly threatened to federally defund crime-ridden cities that want to defund their local police departments, including New York City.
On getting word of the report, New York’s Democrat governor, Andrew Cuomo, flew into a rage against the president.
“He better have an army if he thinks he’s gonna walk down the street in New York,” Cuomo said during an emergency press conference, The New York Post reported. “New Yorkers don’t want to have anything to do with him.”
“He can’t have enough bodyguards to walk through New York City, people don’t want to have anything to do with him,” Cuomo added.
Defunding lawless cities
Every year, the federal government sends out billions of dollars in taxpayer money to states to bolster local law enforcement efforts.
With protesters calling to defund the police in cities like New York City, Seattle, Washington D.C., and Portland, Trump has threatened to pull back that funding if cities and states cave and move to divert that money away from police departments.
More importantly, Trump is trying to take a stand for the Americans that are seeing their cities looted, burned, and racked by unrest night in and night out.
That, however, is not how Democrats are seeing this and they are now both attacking the President and trying to flip the script on him.
Better have an army
According to The Post, Rep. Max Rose (D-N.Y.) also piled on, stating, “With this order, President Trump is joining Mayor de Blasio in defunding the police. It was wrong then and it’s wrong now.”
De Blasio’s office also tried to hit Trump with more racist accusations, with de Blasio’s press secretary stating, “As much as Donald Trump wants New York City to drop dead, we will never let this stand. This has nothing to do with ‘law and order.’ This is a racist campaign stunt out of the Oval Office to attack millions of people of color.”
All of that, of course, is complete nonsense because Trump is actually trying to force their hand to do the right thing by the people of his home city.
Trump may not be able to win the deep-blue state of New York, but he is doing his best to make it a very uncomfortable race for Democratic nominee Joe Biden.