President Joe Biden likened claims of Democrats supporting the defunding of police departments to a wild QAnon conspiracy Wednesday night, insisting that leaders of his party back the blue.
Although many key Democrats explicitly called for defunding the police in the wake of last year's race-related protests, Biden said that the idea was not part of the party's platform.
“Are there people in the Republican Party who think we’re sucking the blood out of kids?” Biden told reporters at the White House, citing a conspiracy theory perpetuated by QAnon.
Biden made the remark as he stopped to speak with reporters on the South Lawn after deplaning from Marine One. He had been in Cincinnati for a televised town hall.
“I said that that is not the Democratic Party’s position. I’m the Democratic Party. I am president. So is the speaker of the House, and so is the majority leader. We are not defunding the police,” he said.
During the event, Biden was pressed on whether Democrats were "anti-police" after racial tensions bubbled over last year following the death of George Floyd, a black man, under the knee of a white former Minneapolis police officer. He claimed that the people who promulgated that attack were "lying."
"I don't know any community, particularly the communities that are in the most need and the poorest and the most at risk, that don't want police. They want police, though, to look at them as equals. They want police to treat them in that way," the president said.
During the 2020 election and since his inauguration in January, Biden has advocated for more resources to be invested in "community policing" programs. His message contradicts the one pushed by more liberal Democrats, including members of his administration such as Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta.
"While front-end systems changes are important, it is also critical for state and local leaders to heed calls from Black Lives Matter and Movement for Black Lives activists to decrease police budgets and the scope, role, and responsibility of police in our lives," she said during a July 2020 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in her capacity as the president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Gupta walked back that statement during her Justice Department confirmation testimony in March.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has directly addressed the "frazzledrip" QAnon conspiracy theory that she and aide Huma Abedin once killed a girl on video before wearing her face as a mask and drinking her blood.
"I'll be really honest with you. It's hurtful not just to me and my family, but to my friends and other people to know that this is not just false, but sometimes painfully false," Clinton said in the 2021 documentary Debunking Borat.
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