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Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who had already committed to sign a bill that would make it more difficult for cities to defund police, stated bluntly to Fox News’ Harris Faulkner what he planned to do to cities defunding police, asserting, “We are going to defund the city.” Faulkner noted that Abbott had announced that he would sign a bill that would make it harder for cities to defund their police departments. She pointed out that Abbott’s statement would put him at odds with Democrat-led cites such as Austin, where police took 16 minutes to respond to a 911 call about a shooting on Sunday morning. Abbott responded to the news of the delayed response by tweeting, “This is what defunding the police looks like. Austin is incapable of timely responding to a victim shot in the head. Texas won’t tolerate this. We’re about to pass a law—that I will sign—that will prevent cities from defunding police. Sanity & safety will return.” Faulkner prompted, “Governor Abbott, good to have you on the program. Those words that you spoke about sanity and safety. That’s not just a promise from you. It sounds much stronger than that.”

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