New York Times: Why Do Republicans Hate Cops?

July 31, 2021

From the Speaker’s Press Office:

House Republicans have already defunded and disrespected law enforcement.  This week, they turned towards disdain for those who wear the uniform: insulting their intelligence and describing them as crisis actors, protesting on behalf of the terrorists who tried to murder them and ignoring their heart-wrenching testimony about January 6th.

Read below from Maureen Dowd’s Column about Republicans’ growing hatred for the police. 

New York Times: Why Do Republicans Hate Cops?

Key Points: 

  • When it came down to it, the question of whether Republican lawmakers in the House would side with Donald Trump or the police who risked their lives defending them, it wasn’t even a close call for the law-and-order party.
  • The G.O.P. overwhelmingly stuck with Trump, perpetuating his sick mythology about a day we all saw with our own eyes.  Twenty-one House Republicans even voted against awarding congressional gold medals to the police officers who responded on the day of infamy.
  • They couldn’t countenance “the Pelosi sham commission,” as moderate-turned-lunatic Elise Stefanik — Liz Cheney’s Eve Harrington — told Hannity.  Its only purpose, Stefanik said, was “trying to shame over 70 million Americans who were standing up for constitutional and election integrity issues.”  Besides, she said, in another moment of utter fatuity, “Republicans are focused on the facts.”
  • The heart-rending police testimony was dismissed by most Republicans and Fox News as “political theater.”  What gall by a party that claims to have the backs of men and women in blue.
  • Laura Ingraham even gave awards — “Best Exaggerated Performance,” “Best Political Performance” and “Best Performance in an Action Role” — to the police who recounted their terrifying battles with the mob.  “They came across as political actors,” Ingraham said.  “That doesn’t help anything. We want the police to be just the police.”
  • Even as Ingraham was describing as “actors” those cops who faced danger, Erin Smith was trying to get the death of her husband, a veteran Washington patrolman — the second officer to take his own life after the insurrection — reclassified from a suicide to a death in the line of duty.
  • After he was hit in the head with a metal pole during the rampage, he fell into a dark depression, his wife told The Times.  On the way to his shift, he pulled his car off the George Washington Parkway and killed himself with his service weapon.
  • More than casting the police who told their stories as drama queens and fabulists, four House Republicans, representing the dregs of Congress, turned up at a Washington jail on Thursday to shine a light on the plight of suspects detained in the Jan. 6 insurrection.  One of them, Representative Paul Gosar of Arizona, hailed them as “political prisoners.”
  • Since when do Republicans care more about criminals in jail than the cops who put them there?  Since when do they coddle domestic terrorists?
  • Since Donald Trump.
  • A new report in The Daily Beast shows how the fish rots from the big orange head.  The Beast reports that Trump has been leading his party’s efforts to recast what happened on Jan. 6 and has been belittling some police heroes, using a vulgar slur for a woman’s anatomy that we’ve famously heard him use on tape; he’s also rebranding Ashli Babbitt, a rioter and an Air Force veteran from California who was killed that day, as a martyr to his cause.