In the last few months, the concept of defunding the police has become more widespread as protests and the Black Lives Matter movement have opened people’s minds—and made them aware of how much money goes to the police department. Instead of paying more for mental health services, housing, or other direct community aid, we’re paying for the police.
As conversations went deeper, some people started discussing police propaganda, which seems to be everywhere—especially on TV. How many police shows can you name off the top of your head? Law and Order has a whole franchise, as does CSI. And who could forget popular dog cop cartoon show, Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol. People began “joking” about how PAW Patrol starts kids early on believing the police are heroes.
That criticism never went much further than Twitter, but it seems like the White House has finally heard about it. On Friday at a press conference, Donald Trump’s Kayleigh McEnany, mourned the cancellation of PAW Patrol from television.
“He’s appalled by cancel culture, specifically as it pertains to cops. We saw a few weeks ago that PAW Patrol, a cartoon show about cops, was cancelled. The show Cops was canceled, Live PD was cancelled. LEGO halted the sales of their LEGO City Police. It’s really unfortunate,” McEnany said.
If you didn’t realize it after reading the words “Donald Trump’s press secretary,” that’s a stupid lie. PAW Patrol is still alive and well. They even chimed in on Twitter to fact-check McEnany:
No need to worry. PAW Patrol is not canceled. 🐶— PAW Patrol (@pawpatrol) July 24, 2020
At least people find this sort of thing funny online:
Imagine being so shit at government you get corrected by a cartoon dog https://t.co/ensrFfc3aN— James Felton (@JimMFelton) July 24, 2020
The sad part is that someone in the White House wrote up this random piece of misinformation for the press secretary to read from her binder.....but no one thought to check whether Trump had raised Taliban bounties or election interference with Putin ("I was not on that call.") https://t.co/kiVRF7OVXW— Kevin Liptak (@Kevinliptakcnn) July 24, 2020
"We saw a few weeks ago that Paw Patrol, a cartoon show about cops, was canceled," White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters in the briefing room today, despite that a) not being true and b) not being super important! Given the current state of things!— DJ Judd (@DJJudd) July 24, 2020
But how many people are believing yet another strange lie about “cancel culture?” How much space is going to be given to arguing about PAW Patrol rather than the million other much more pressing issues America is facing? McEnany knows exactly what she’s doing.