Biden: ‘There’s Bad in Everything … There’s Lousy Presidents’

Melanie Arter | August 30, 2022 | 5:40pm EDT
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President Joe Biden speaks at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on August 30, 2022. - Biden is speaking on the Safer America Plan, which is intended to reduce gun crime throughout the United States. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
President Joe Biden speaks at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on August 30, 2022. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

( -  President Joe Biden laid out his plan for increased police funding, training and accountability in a speech Tuesday in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and he denounced calls by Democrats to defund the police.

“There’s bad in everything,” the president said, adding that there are “lousy senators” and “lousy presidents.”

“They see their neighbors lose their loved ones to drugs like fentanyl, which is a flat killer. They see hate and anger and violence just walking the streets of America, and they just want to feel safe again. They want to feel a sense of security. That's what my crime plan is all about. You know, I call it the Safer America's Plan. Both of your members of Congress voted for it. It's based on a simple notion,” he said.

“When it comes to public safety in this nation, the answer is not defund the police. It's fund the police, Fund the police, and give them -- we expect them to do everything. We expect them to protect us, to be psychologists, to be sociologists. I'm not joking. We expect you to do everything,” Biden said.

“You realize more police officers are killed dealing with domestic violence than anything else? You realize that? The point is we ask so much of you, so much of you, I have not met a cop that likes a bad cop. There's bad in everything. There's lousy senators, There’s lousy presidents, There’s lousy doctors. There’s lousy lawyers. I'm serious,” he said.

“I don't know any police officer that feels good about the fact that there may be a lousy cop. I'm tired of not giving the kind of help that they need. Folks, look, we're in a situation in this country where we have to give them additional resources they need to get their job done,” the president said.

The president complained that “every single Republican” voted against support for law enforcement.

“As part of the American Rescue Plan I signed into law last year which they voted for, we set aside $350 billion, with a B, billion dollars for state and local governments across America and urged them to use it like your governor did, to make communities safer. Here in Pennsylvania, Governor Wolf was using $250 million of that money to reduce crime and violence across this state,” he said.

“Mayor Brown just described how it's helping fund community policing here in Wilkes-Barre. Every single Republican member of congress, every single one in this state, every single one voted against the support for law enforcement,” the president said.

“They talk about how much they love it. They voted against the funding. Flat out. Flat out. Every Republican in the house, every Republican in the senate, every single one. I know we expect so much from our law enforcement officers. So we need to support them,” Biden said.

He said that his crime plan helps recruit, hire, and train more than 100,000 additional officers nationwide for community policing. 

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