On Sunday, Fox News anchor Chris Wallace
confronted Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind. ), accusing Republicans, not Democrats
, of underfunding police
in the face of rising crime
Wallace pressed Banks on his position, outlined in a recent Fox News op-ed, that crime is on the rise as a result of the "violence" of Black Lives Matter
protests last year (but not the violent Capitol insurgency by Donald Trump supporters
), and the "defund the cops" movement, which he claimed Democrats supported.
Banks complained on "Fox News Sunday
" that Democrats had spent a year "stigmatizing" cops and providing a "recipe that criminals in every city in America like."
But this riled Wallace, who quickly accused Republicans of underfunding law enforcement
Wallace noted that Republicans voted against President Joe Biden
's $1.9 trillion COVID relief American Rescue Plan
, which includes a massive $350 billion for local law enforcement.
Wallace noted that Biden referred to the plan as a "central part of his anti-crime package," and that "cities and states
can use this money
to hire more police officers, invest in new technologies, and develop summer job training and recreation programs for young people
." Wallace also pointed out to Banks that "cities and states can use this money to hire more police officers, invest in new technologies, and develop summer job training and recreation programs for young people."
“Congressman Banks, you voted against that package, against that $350 billion, just like every other Republican in the House
, so how can you claim that you and the Republicans
are defunding the police?” Wallace pressed.
Banks responded, "Not at all," and quickly returned to Democratic
comments about police, until Wallace cut him off — repeatedly — in an unsuccessful attempt to get Banks to respond to the funding question.
In light of the Republicans' defense of the violent Capitol riot
, Banks insisted: "If we turn a blind eye to law and order and a blind eye to riots... we're inevitably going to see crime rise." However, he was only referring to Black Lives Matter protests "last summer."
the confrontation in the video above.