White House press secretary Jen Psaki noted on Tuesday that the Biden administration does not agree with recent comments by some Democrats that have appeared to place the blame for recent robberies on retailers.
“We don’t agree,” Psaki stated, adding that the Biden administration has been working with the Justice Department and FBI toward a better solution.
“That’s the reason why we have sent additional support from the FBI providing additional assistance. It’s one of the reasons why the president and members of our administration have been longtime advocates for supporting and funding the COPS program,” she added.
New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently dismissed the surge in retail thefts.
“A lot of these allegations of organized retail theft are not actually panning out,” Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview with The Washington Times. “I believe it’s a Walgreens in California cited it, but the data didn’t back it up.”
Chicago Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot appeared to place the blame on retailers during a recent interview on Chicago’s ABC7, “We still have retailers that won’t institute measures like having security officers in their stores, making sure that they’ve got cameras that are actually operational.”
The conversation showed a growing divide between the Biden administration and some progressive Democrats regarding the nation’s response to crime.
The stronger pushback from Psaki was encouraging, but even the Biden administration’s talk has yet to lead to any meaningful changes to cut down on crime.