As Austin’s city officials consider cutting a quarter of the local police department’s budget, demolishing their downtown headquarters, and even using the department’s money to instead kill children, several Republican congressmen are now speaking out against the “radical Marxists” in power in Texas’ capital city.

Central Texas-area Republican Congressmen John Carter, Roger Williams, and Chip Roy sent a campaign email Monday entitled “Portland Comes to Austin,” where the representatives said, “We’ve watched in horror as Democratic cities have crippled our first responders and allowed violent criminals free rein to prey on the defenseless. Now, that same nightmare is coming to the Heart of Texas.”

The all-Democrat Austin City Council is currently discussing taking at least $100 million from the local police department and spending it on other city projects. The council has floated actions such as removing 100 vacant sworn police positions, canceling the upcoming cadet class, closing the police academy for a year, cutting the department’s overtime budget, cutting the bomb squad’s budget, and even demolishing the police headquarters building downtown.

The council’s self-proclaimed socialist, Greg Casar, even proposed taking some of the police money and instead spending it on killing children, wanting to funnel $500,000 of citizens’ cash toward the “priority” of “abortion access.” Casar said killing the city’s innocent, most vulnerable citizens will make Austin a “safer and better place to live.”

While council members are saying killing babies will increase “safety,” the congressmen argue their defunding of the local police is a “legislative death warrant for police officers.”

Additionally, Roy said in a recent interview that after riots swept the nation and left a trail of burned cities, destroyed livelihoods, and murdered citizens, “we are seeing a Democratic Party that refuses to stand with law enforcement.”

“You are seeing what is happening across this country when Democrats are in charge of cities. When we are allowing people to get murdered and businesses to get burned all because of Democrats’ cynical ploy to try to oppose the president of the United States,” he said. “Perfectly happy to let the cities in the United States burn, not do anything about the virus and point fingers at the president.”

Roy also said Democrats’ claims of defunding the department because of “fiscal responsibility” are a hoax, especially considering the Austin council is simply spending the money elsewhere.

“I am always for fiscal responsibility, but if anyone thinks this Austin City Council is targeting APD for ‘fiscal responsibility.’ then I have a bike bridge over 360 to sell you,” he said, referring to a boondoggle government bridge in Austin that is rarely used.

The congressmen’s comments also come in light of Austin City Council’s controversial homeless policy last year, which allowed homeless individuals to camp in almost any public space throughout the city. Violent crime subsequently rose, and now, a recent report revealed Austin had the highest percentage increase in homicides over the past year among the 15 largest U.S. cities.

“Great job Austin! Thank your Democrat politicians for their genius policies,” one citizen replied to a recent tweet by Roy. “Glad I moved last month, my odds of survival were decreasing as rapidly as my bank account was from overtaxation.”

“It’s time to take Austin back from the radical Marxists,” Roy tweeted.

The city council is continuing to discuss police budget cuts this week and will begin finalizing the upcoming city budget over the next few weeks.

Concerned citizens can contact the city council.

Jacob Asmussen

Jacob Asmussen is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard. He attended the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and in 2017 earned a double major in public relations and piano performance.


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