Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell blasted the Defund the Police movement to a reporter calling it “one of the dumbest ideas” that an American has ever come up with. The Republican leader also reiterated Republican’s solidarity to protect qualified immunity for police officers.
Fox News reports:
“It’s been a tough year for law enforcement,” McConnell said in remarks streamed by 14 News. “And so I want to make it absolutely, perfectly clear. I am a strong supporter of law enforcement across America. I think the abuse that has been heaped on law enforcement over the last year is unfortunate.”
He added: “I think defunding the police has got to be one of the dumbest ideas ever surfaced by anyone in our country. And we need what you’re doing.”
McConnell noted efforts led by Senator Tim Scott to protect qualified immunity for police officers noting that without it police forces would likely continue to see a considerable drop in enrollments.
“Without qualified immunity, how do you get people to do law enforcement work? There’s a bill that passed the House of Representatives that would eliminate qualified immunity … means every police officer would be subject to being sued personally,” McConnell said in the remarks streamed by 14 News.
“If every single one of those incidences becomes a potential personal lawsuit,” McConnell continued, “I’m not sure any of you guys would want to do what you do. I mean, how could you recruit?”
Far-left Democrats like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have loudly supported efforts to cut police funding or eliminate police forces entirely.