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ANALYSIS: Three Big Lies Dems And The Media Launched In The Last Month

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Varun Hukeri General Assignment & Analysis Reporter
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As hot-button issues such as critical race theory (CRT), law enforcement and violent crime continue to dominate the news cycle, Democrats and corporate media have promoted misleading or inaccurate talking points in order to justify their positions.

Here are three of the biggest lies Democrats and corporate media launched in the past month.

K-12 Schools Aren’t Teaching Critical Race Theory

The national debate around CRT has intensified this month as parents and lawmakers continue to fight back against promoting CRT and concepts like the 1619 Project in school curricula.

CRT holds that America is fundamentally racist, yet it teaches people to view every social interaction and person in terms of race. Its adherents pursue “antiracism” through the end of merit, objective truth and the adoption of race-based policies.

But Democrats and corporate media have tried to claim that CRT is not being taught in K-12 schools. MSNBC host Joy Reid, for example, has repeatedly said that CRT has “nothing to do with” K-12 education and has dismissed anti-CRT figures like Chris Rufo who argue otherwise. (RELATED: The Response From Liberals On Resistance To Critical Race Theory Is To Pretend It Doesn’t Exist. The Strategy Will Backfire)

Others have claimed Republican-backed legislation banning CRT in schools is an attempt to stop teaching history. An Associated Press story in late May accused state lawmakers in Oklahoma of trying to “limit teaching about race [and] racism.” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters in May that teaching CRT is educating students about the history of “systemic racism.”

But in schools across the country, teachers and administrators admit to teaching CRT in the classroom. Schools are also teaching key principles of CRT, including the claim that merit-based systems perpetuate “inequity” and white students must deconstruct their “whiteness.”

Republicans Are The Ones Who Actually Want To “Defund The Police”

“Defund the police” went mainstream when progressive activists responded to George Floyd’s death in May 2020 by calling for budget cuts to police departments across the country.

But it’s unpopular among many Democratic lawmakers, who blamed the issue for their poor performance in House races during the 2020 election. It’s also unpopular among voters — a USA Today/Ipsos poll released in March found less than 5% of Americans support defunding the police. also found that less than 1-5% of Americans support it.

Given its unpopularity, Democrats are now either claiming they never supported the cause or that Republicans are the ones actually doing it.

Democrats’ argument is that Republicans actually defunded the police because they opposed the American Rescue Plan (ARP) that President Joe Biden signed into law in March without Republican support. The plan contained a $350 billion provision for state and local governments to spend on budget items, including law enforcement.

Democratic Virginia Rep. Bobby Scott tweeted Monday that Republicans “have already voted twice this year to defund the police.” In addition to opposing the ARP, Scott noted that Republicans opposed a supplemental spending bill for Capitol Hill police.

Psaki repeated the claim that Republicans defunded the police by opposing the ARP during a Monday press conference. She told Fox News’ Peter Doocy the plan “didn’t receive a single Republican vote” and that it’s “been used to keep cops on the beat.”

But Democrats — especially progressives such as Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Cori Bush of Missouri and Jamaal Bowman of New York — have called for defunding the police or re-allocating their budgets. Democratic officials in cities such as Minneapolis have also voted in the past year to cut funding from their local police departments.

Violent Crime Is Caused By Guns

The number of homicides and other violent crimes in the U.S. has skyrocketed this past year. The surge coincided with nationwide civil unrest last summer in response to Floyd’s death, and multiple cities have reported crime rates not seen in decades. (RELATED: 3 Mayors Who Got Control Of Crime, And How They Did It)

The Biden administration has been hesitant to answer questions about violent crime before. But Psaki said the rising crime rate can be attributed to gun violence during a June 21 press briefing ahead of Biden’s speech about his “crime prevention strategy.”

“I’m not going to get ahead of his comments or remarks later this week, but it is an area where the president feels a great deal of the crime we’re seeing as a result of gun violence,” she said.

In May, when asked about violent crime, Psaki also said there is a gun problem and the president would say the same. She also promoted Biden’s decision to increase funding for “community violence prevention programs” through the American Jobs Plan.

Biden laid out an anti-crime strategy last week that would strengthen federal gun regulations, such as cracking down on gun stores that don’t follow federal rules. The strategy indicated the White House is refocusing attention on guns in its effort to address rising crime rates, according to The Washington Post.

But a number of local officials and police departments in cities like Portland and Oregon believe gangs may be responsible in part for this year’s surge in gun violence.

Some police officers also said it’s been nearly impossible to hire new recruits because their departments have instituted hiring freezes due to budget cuts and local officials in some cases have overhauled precinct budgets. Many cities that cut police budgets are now reckoning with skyrocketing crime rates as law enforcement lament a lack of resources to tackle crime.