American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp encouraged his Republican supporters on Friday afternoon to “RE-fund” the police by parking illegally only to then pay the fine — with the hope that the money finds its way to police departments.
“Want to stick it to the people trying to #DefundthePolice?” the frequent Fox News guest asked. “How about this: park illegally, get a ticket, and pay it. All the funds go to RE-fund the police.”
“Who’s with me?” Schlapp added.
Both liberals and conservatives took to Twitter to ridicule the logic behind Schlapp’s tweet:
LAW AND ORDER, amirite?
— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) August 15, 2020
Bill Mitchell, is that you? https://t.co/MqYs2pvJXI
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) August 15, 2020
Matt Gaetz was ahead of his time.
— Adrian (@HLPPLZzz) August 15, 2020
Great idea pic.twitter.com/uxSuLMo1NU
— Hillbilly (@aohillbilly) August 15, 2020
Yes I support you getting as many parking tickets as possible to own the libs. Godspeed, patriot https://t.co/W0REKZ0ykr
— Laura Bassett (@LEBassett) August 15, 2020
Following the backlash, Schlapp attempted to walk back his tweet as “sarcasm,” adding the tweet was aimed at supporting police officers amidst calls to decrease their funding.
“It’s sarcasm, my friend,” Schapp told Mediaite via email on Saturday afternoon.
“But I will feel much better about paying my parking tickets and supporting cops.”