Democrats had an apparent change of heart and are now pushing to fund the police.
Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D) proposes raising the base pay for state troopers, correctional officers, and community supervisors.
“When we make smart investments in our law enforcement, we get better officer recruitment, we get better retention, we get better interaction with the community and we get a safer Georgia,” Abrams said in an interview with Axios.
Abrams told the outlet that she isn’t concerned about alienating progressives with her proposal.
“People don’t care about your party. They care about their lives,” she said.
Meanwhile, House Democrats are pushing a bipartisan measure that would provide funding to police departments nationwide.
The Invest to Protect Act, led by Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) and Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL), would provide investments in training, body cameras, mental health resources, and recruiting.
“I believe it’s critically important we invest in law enforcement, we get their backs just like they get ours every day and we make sure we enforce the laws on the books and protect our communities,” Gottheimer said.
But Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) says the push to fund the police demonstrates a “branding problem” for the Democrats ahead of the midterms.
“It is clear that the Democrats have a branding problem,” Mace said during a recent appearance on Fox & Friends.
“You just had Nancy Pelosi slow-walk the security bill that would keep our justices safe when they had protesters showing up on their front lawn, when someone was armed and dangerous and when the president, Joe Biden, wouldn’t condemn these protests outside their homes, which, by the way, is against the law. But, yeah, you’re definitely seeing I guess, a branding problem with Democrats going into the midterm elections. Absolutely. 100%.”