In the wake of the fatal officer-involved shooting of a young Black male in Minnesota on Sunday, the “all cops are racist” and “defund the police” brigade, which includes elected members of Congress, have resumed their absurd demands that all policing and incarceration be abolished.
According to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, however, President Joe Biden does not share that view, and instead would like to see various legislative reforms made to policing practices more generally, Fox News reported.
Psaki’s assertion was in response to a question referencing a tweet from Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), a member of the far-left progressive “squad,” in which she insisted that police are “inherently & intentionally racist,” are beyond any sort of “reform,” and called for “no more policing, incarceration, and militarization.”
It wasn’t an accident. Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist.
Daunte Wright was met with aggression & violence. I am done with those who condone government funded murder.
No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can’t be reformed.
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) April 12, 2021
“That’s not the president’s view”
During a press briefing on Tuesday, Psaki was asked for the White House’s view on Tlaib’s stance and whether the administration would “disavow” her demands.
“Look, I — what I can state from here is that that’s not the president’s view,” Psaki replied.
“The president’s view is that there are necessary, outdated reforms that should be put in place; that there is accountability that needs to happen; that the loss of life is far too high; that these families are suffering around the country; and that the Black community is exhausted from the ongoing threats they feel,” she continued.
“But he also believes that there is a forum for putting in place legislation, the George Floyd Act, that can help put many of these necessary reforms in place, and that part of what needs to happen is rebuilding trust in communities in order to get to a better place,” Psaki added, referencing a Democratic proposal for broad reforms of policing practices.
Potential negotiations on police reforms
Prior to the question about the congresswoman’s tweet, Psaki was asked about legislative efforts at “police reforms and racial justice” and whether the White House was open to negotiations between the Democrats’ George Floyd Policing Act and Sen. Tim Scott’s (R-SC) JUSTICE Act, which Democrats summarily rejected without a vote last year.
Psaki replied that the White House would leave such discussions to the members involved and said, “We certainly understand that there could be changes to proposals that have been forward — put forward to date.”
“We believe that the George Floyd Act has a lot of the components that will help rebuild the trust, help address — put in place many of the reforms that are, frankly, long overdue,” she continued.
“So, we — but we also recognize that democracy in action means changes take place,” Psaki added. “So we’ll have to see what the discussions look like and whether the President could support any changes that would be made through that process.”