(TheRedWire.com) – “Defund the Police” has been the most divisive liberal slogan of the past year. It rose to prominence soon after the death of George Floyd, and moderate Congressional Democrats tried to distance themselves from it without fully condemning it. Radicals, meanwhile, promoted the idea at every opportunity.
The suggestion of removing funding from our law enforcement departments met with predictable opposition from conservatives. Dozens of GOP lawmakers blasted the idea, highlighting the irresponsibility of those who encouraged it.
Ron DeSantis’ Response
Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has consistently criticized the Defund the Police movement. In fact, he’s so against the idea of taking money away from law enforcement, he’s decided to do exactly the opposite in his state. On Wednesday, May 5, DeSantis announced that all first responders (police, firefighters, paramedics, and EMTs) would receive a $1,000 bonus.
FL Gov. Ron DeSantis announces $1K bonuses to law enforcement officials in his state:
“Some want to defund the police. We’re funding the police and then some.” pic.twitter.com/qy3bhedlye
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 5, 2021
DeSantis revealed this during a press briefing at Brevard County’s Satellite Beach Police Department. During his speech, he heaped praise on first responders, who, he said, “were out there every single day” during the pandemic and have “had to work more than they ever have.”
How the Payments Will Work
The money for this scheme will come from Florida’s share of federal stimulus funds. Florida will also use the stimulus money to improve infrastructure, boost employment, and fight rising sea levels in the state.
DeSantis timed this announcement to come just before National Police Week, which begins on Sunday. This event commemorates fallen officers and promotes programs centered around the health and safety of the police.
Ron DeSantis is quickly making a name for himself as a strong leader and staunch conservative. It’s no surprise that his name has been mentioned in the discussion about the presidential race in 2024.
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