Former President TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE is decrying efforts in some Democratic cities to divert funds from their police departments after former Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerFormer California senator prods Feinstein to consider retirement Trump decries 'defund the police' after Boxer attacked Former Sen. Barbara Boxer attacked in California MORE (D-Calif.) was attacked on Monday.
“Former California Senator Barbara Boxer was savagely assaulted and robbed yesterday in Oakland, where they defunded the police,” Trump wrote Tuesday.
“Our once great cities, like New York, Detroit, San Francisco, and so many others, have become a paradise for criminals because of Democrats,” he added.
Boxer, 80, was pushed to the ground from behind and had her cell phone stolen on Monday. Police are still looking for the suspect, and the former senator was not seriously injured.
The Oakland City Council voted last month to take away $17.4 million from the police department and move the money over the next two years to the Department of Violence Prevention.
The Oakland Side reported the police budget in total was not cut, but the council took $18.5 million out of the $27 million increase the mayor wanted for the police to other programs.
The mayor and police opposed the decision to divert the money, saying 50 police jobs would be lost as the city struggles with crime.
“We must give power back to police or America will never be safe. We cannot let Communist Democrats destroy our great cities. If we don’t stop them, our communities and our Country will be lost forever,” Trump, who has often decried calls to "defund the police," said in his statement.
Trump sent another statement after the attack blasting the media and blaming Democrats for crime that is happening in the cities.
“The fraudulent nightly network newscasts have devoted ZERO minutes to crime recently, even though crime is eating away at our cities and our Country. They don’t want to talk about it because it will hurt the political narrative of the Communist Democrats,” Trump charged.
“Today, it is the least secure in our history with criminals illegally flooding into our Country—many spreading COVID into our communities—and other Countries’ prisons being emptied into our neighborhoods. America needs law and order, not defunding the police. We need our police back. America should and can be safe!” he added.
-Updated 1:28 p.m.