The GOP’s supposed support for “the thin blue line” — the concept that all that prevents American society from descending into chaos is the nation’s law enforcement officers — and its vociferous efforts against calls to “defund the police” were both proven today to be hypocritical political shams after 205 of the 206 House Republicans voted against funding the U.S. Capitol Police in a party-line vote.
The House of Representatives managed to pass the $4.8 billion spending bill for the legislative branch of government that included the budget for the Capitol Police by a margin of 215-207 despite the fact that only a single member of the GOP decided that it was worthwhile backing up its pro-police rhetoric with actual financial support.
Oddly, the lone dissenter from the blanket rejection of the bill by the Republican House members was neither Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-WY) nor Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), the two GOP lawmakers on the select committee investigating the January 6th insurrection which led to the deaths of three law enforcement officers, but Representative Don Young (R-AK).
The hypocrisy of the Republican response to the funding bill was loudly condemned on social media.
They are all operatives, it’s the only thing that makes any sense
— ASK (@PlsntlyConfused) July 29, 2021
— No , just Dan (@dluxmaroon) July 29, 2021
It's 13% higher than last year, supposedly based on site security, expanding staff, and something about a form of salary increase for staff or interns to attract folks who can't afford to live in DC.
— David Mongan (@LawyerDave1) July 29, 2021
Cheney & Kinzinger- sorry, I don’t trust them.
They were both silent on years of GOP hate rhetoric. Silent on millions of “little” lies about “election fraud” that laid the foundation for Bigger Lies. Cheney sees no connection between TX vote suppression & Big Lies.
— sharon m (@sminchicago) July 29, 2021
I’m with the Capitol Police who do their level best to protect the members of Congress regardless of political affiliation. Why didn’t 99.5% of the GOP members not vote in favor of those that protect their own members?
— Kevin R. Christensen (@r_christensen) July 29, 2021
This is the most extreme example of defunding the police yet.
— Alistair James (@brundle_fly) July 29, 2021
Much like the SEC IRS EPA etc .
This is the GQP's playbook. Run all these government agencies into the ground, then take power. Diabolical devil's.
— TJ (@Rocka_Rollar) July 29, 2021
Gotta admit, I didn't see this twist coming.
— Emily M. (@MrsEmilyR) July 29, 2021
They don't give a fuck about the police unless they're abusing minorities.. and if the officer happens to be a minority, they don't care about him/her that much either.
— Brock Middlebrooke (@Jo_JoQuinoa) July 29, 2021
While one can be fairly certain that House Republicans will come up with a flimsy excuse blaming other factors for their vote against the funding bill, they have managed to hand their Democratic opposition a potent political tool to bury them in their own hypocrisy in the midterm elections next year.
Let’s hope that voters’ memories can last that long.
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