Cedric Richmond, a senior adviser to President Biden, blamed Republican lawmakers for the defunding of the police during the violent crime spikes in major U.S. cities.
In an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” Richmond pointed out that the mayors of the largest American cities, mostly Democrats, are not responsible for the increase in violent crime that has occurred since last summer.
Richmond said that the real culprits are Republican lawmakers who allowed the lax gun policies across the country.
According to the Biden adviser, the prevalence of guns on the streets is to blame for the spike in crime rates.
He also emphasized that President Biden is very aware of the consequences violence, particularly the gun-related ones, had on families across the country during the last 18 months.
Blaming the Republicans
The “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace presented Richmond with the clip of Republican Senator Lindsey Graham from South Carolina.
In the clip, Graham accused Democrats of conducting a “war on police” that ended up in an increase in police retirements and crime rates.
Richmond expressed his negative reaction to the clip, saying that Senator Graham did not have a clue about the situation.
The Biden adviser further said that Republicans were the ones who stopped the emergency relief plan aimed at helping the local governments that had to lay off police officers due to money shortages.
Richmond stressed that many cities can now fund the police thanks to the American Rescue Plan enacted by Democrats.
The Biden Administration official described Republicans as responsible for the police defunding.
The concerns about the laying off in the police departments rose after the “Defund the Police” movement was launched last summer, following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.
Activists associated with Antifa and Black Lives Matter (BLM) movements initiated widespread protests across the country, with police defunding as one of their aims.
At the time of the riots, many local governments opted to lay off a significant number of police officers.
This hemorrhage was followed by a violent crime spike in numerous cities.
Since then, there has been an ongoing debate between Republicans and Democrats about who is to blame for the unfortunate events that led to the compromised safety of American citizens.