“You can’t be pro-law enforcement and pro-insurgency”

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday criticized Republicans for their recent attacks on the FBI after agents searched former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate earlier this month as well as their response to January 6 riots.

“It’s sickening to see the new attacks on the FBI, threatening the lives of law enforcement officers and their families for simply enforcing the law and doing their job,” Biden said during a visit to the pennsylvania key swing state.

“I want to say it as clearly as possible. There is no place in this country, no place, to endanger the lives of law enforcement. No room, none, ever, period,” Biden said. “I’m opposed to defunding the police, I’m also opposed to defunding the FBI.”

In the weeks that followed FBI agents found a treasure classified documents at Trump’s home in Florida, many Republican officials lambasted federal law enforcement agencies, calling for retaliation and threatening to cut funding. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R.S.C., warned Sunday that there would be “rioting in the streets” if Trump is prosecuted.

Biden also criticized Republicans for failing to strongly condemn the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, seeking to turn the script on the GOP’s pro-law enforcement message.

“Let me say this to my MAGA Republican friends in Congress, don’t tell me you support law enforcement if you don’t condemn what happened on the sixth, don’t tell me, you can’t do it,” Biden said. .

“For the love of God, which side are you on? On the side of a mob or on the side of the police? You can’t be pro-law enforcement and pro-insurgency. You can’t be a law and order party and call the people attacking the police on January 6 patriots. You can’t do that,” he said.

In afternoon remarks at Wilkes Barre, near his hometown of Scranton, Biden also called for increased funding to hire and train 100,000 police officers in line with a recent police executive order.

He also pointed to recent legislative victories that aim to help law enforcement, including money from the economic stimulus package passed last March that state and local governments have used for policing, as well as the law. bipartisan gun safety he signed in June.

“When it comes to public safety, the answer is not to defund the police. It’s defund the police, defund the police,” Biden said.

Biden also once again called for an assault weapons ban while highlighting the progress his administration made earlier in the year in passing gun legislation.

“We live in a country awash with weapons of war, weapons that weren’t designed to hunt, they’re designed to take on an enemy, that’s what they’re designed to do,” Biden said. “For the love of God, what is the purpose of these weapons outside of the war zone.”

Biden will return to Pennsylvania on Thursday for a prime-time speech at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, where he will say “America’s rights and freedoms are still under attack,” returning to the central message of his 2020 campaign. , a White House official said. The visits come as Biden ramps up his travel schedule in the final months of the midterm elections, including trips to Milwaukee and Pittsburgh on Labor Day.

The district where the president will speak on Tuesday is represented by Democratic Representative Matt Cartwright and is considered a mad dash by the Cook Policy Report. Democratic Senate candidate Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, meanwhile, won’t attend the event, though he and gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro will attend Pittsburgh’s Labor Day Parade this week. next when Biden is also expected to visit the city.

Some Democrats have been hesitant to campaign with the president despite its recent string of legislative victories.

Biden delivered a fiery speech at a midterm campaign rally and Democratic fundraiser in Maryland last week, where he went after the republicans who kissed the “Make America Great Again” philosophy central to Donald Trump’s presidency, saying it’s “like semi-fascism,” a comment that was immediately reprimanded by the GOP.

Trump is expected to hold a rally in the Wilkes Barre area on Saturday to boost the candidacies of Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz and gubernatorial candidate State Senator Doug Mastriano.

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