Twitter flagged the video, which has since been deleted from Scalise’s Twitter feed, as “manipulated,” whereas Barkan referred to as for its removing. The “Medicare for All” advocate has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the incurable illness generally known as ALS, and he makes use of eye monitoring expertise mixed with speech-generating gadgets to assist him talk.
“[email protected], These are not my words. I have lost my ability to speak, but not my agency or my thoughts,” Barkan tweeted Sunday. “You and your team have doctored my words for your own political gain. Please remove this video immediately. You owe the entire disability community an apology.”
Scalise spokeswoman Lauren High-quality advised The Washington Submit in an e-mail that the video shared by the congressman had been “condensed … to the essence of what he was asking, as is common practice for clips run on TV and social media, no matter the speaker” — a place reiterated by Scalise on Monday.
“Multiple times Joe Biden has [been] asked if he supports redirecting money away from police, and Joe Biden says yes. Redirecting and defunding the police are the same thing,” Scalise stated. “If you’re a police officer and they’re redirecting money away from you, [it] doesn’t matter where else it’s going. It’s going to make it harder for those police officers to do their job safely, and to keep those communities safe.”
President Donald Trump and his allies have repeatedly and falsely claimed that Biden helps defunding police, a proposal that gained higher prominence this summer season amid nationwide protests in opposition to police brutality and racial injustice. However Biden helps no such coverage, and whereas he favors extra police reforms and oversight, his marketing campaign has put ahead a prison justice plan calling for an extra $300 million in funding to police departments.