Clay Travis: Defund The Police Is Dumbest Idea Of 21st Century

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The idea of “defunding” the police was little more than a political ploy that went too far, completely backfired and resulted in Americans being less safe.

Other than all that, it was a smash hit.

That was basically the take of OutKick founder Clay Travis, who spoke on the topic after hearing what Washington D.C. police chief Rob Contee had to say about the matter.

Let’s start with Contee.

“I remember what defund looked like, when we didn’t have the tools we needed,” he said, via the Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show. “We were the murder capital. Our police officers shot more people than anywhere else in the country, right here in our nation’s capital. (They were) a poorly trained department back then. So I know what defund looks like.

DC Metro Police Chief Robert J. Contee III greets officers along Third Street as people gather at Union Square near the Capitol Reflecting Pool. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

“At that time, police officers were going into their pocket to put brakes on cars and tires on cars. So when people say ‘defund’ to me, I look at it like we are taking money away from the police department, and while we may be trying to do other things, I believe this country has enough money that we can do both things, and we can do both things well.”

While Contee was diplomatic about the whole “defund” movement, Clay didn’t have to be.

“It’s amazing that’s considered to be anything but conventional wisdom,” Clay said. “‘Defund the Police,’ Buck, is the stupidest idea to gain any sort of credence with a major political party in the 21st century, in my opinion. I’m not even sure what else is close.”

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Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,


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