May 24, 2022

Nation’s largest police union calls out Psaki for laughing off rising crime and criticizing coverage of the issue

The Fraternal Order of Police is pointing the finger at the White House press secretary Jen Psaki after the administration official appeared to mock rising crime rates. 

According to Fox News, the largest police union in the nation called out Psaki on Monday after she questioned the validity of discussing “soft-on-crime consequences,” and seemed amused at the coverage of rising crime rates.

“I think it’s wrong—very wrong—for Ms. Psaki to suggest that violent crime in our country is of no concern or to just laugh it off,” President of the Fraternal Order of Police Patrick Yoes said in a statement on Monday.

“She may feel safe in the White House, one of the most protected buildings in the United States, but not everyone feels safe in their workplace,” Yoes continued.

“The world we find ourselves in is dangerous and is becoming increasingly more so. Tens of thousands of people have been the victims of crime this month alone and some of them never made it back home.”

Psaki’s comments were made last week on the podcast “Pod Save America,” where she criticized Fox News for their coverage, seeming to prefer outlets that reported on other topics given the same time frame. 

“And then on Fox is Jeanine Pirro talking about ‘soft-on-crime consequences.’ I mean, what does that even mean, right? So there’s an alternate universe on some coverage. What’s scary about it is a lot of people watch that,” Psaki said. 

The White House press aide when on to say that Republicans “voted against funding for local cops programs” by voting against the American Rescue Plan, a claim she later repeated on Monday. 

“In the American Rescue Plan, there was additional funding to support local cops programs, something that every single Republican voted against,” Psaki said during a White House press conference Monday. “I said in that interview that I know they don’t like it when we call that out. I’m going to keep calling that out because that’s a fact.”

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