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Roll the Tape: Biden Supported “Defunding the Police”

policeThis week, a new Rasmussen Reports survey confirms that a lopsided majority of Americans “see media a lot more eager to help Biden than Trump.”

By more than three-to-one, an overwhelming majority also affirms that Biden “has received the best treatment from the media so far,” and a majority also “expects most reporters to try to help Biden.”

Those results may possess an unsurprising “dog bites man” quality to anyone with even a glancing interest in political affairs.  Left-leaning media bias is by now well-established, which helps explain why public trust in media remains at historical lows.  The sheer audacity and near-unanimity of media bias in this year’s race, however, already appears unprecedented.

When even Fox News’s Chris Wallace shamelessly and stubbornly carries water for the Biden campaign and flagrantly distorts verifiable reality, one wonders how Americans don’t recognize with similar unanimity how the media favors Biden.  As crude as one may judge the term, it’s with good reason that the slur “fake news” maintains potency.

Last week, Wallace interviewed President Trump for an hour-long segment on “Fox News Sunday,” and one point of contention arose when Trump asserted that Biden supported the “Defund the Police” movement.  Wallace immediately insisted that Biden did not, which prompted Trump to seek confirmation from a unity declaration with former socialist opponent Bernie Sanders.

In the days since that interview, Wallace and others like Fox News’s Kirsten Fisher smugly went out of their way to highlight the dispute, as if it provided them some sort of “gotcha” triumph.  Perhaps Wallace believed that the absence of a “defund the police” commitment in the Biden-Sanders accord absolved him of error, but as a veteran newsman he should’ve known that other recent events confirmed Trump’s point.

Specifically, in a video interview earlier this month, Biden not only affirmed his support for the “Defund the Police” as its own proponents have defined it, but also referred to police as “the enemy.”

To recap, as civil unrest has continued in American cities over the past two months, at times becoming murderous riots, the more extreme elements of the lawless left initiated a “defund the police” movement.  In some places, that literally meant eradicating police forces entirely.

In short order, however, many leftists realized that abolishing police forces was a political loser across wide swaths of the partisan spectrum.  For decades now, police have remained one of only three public institutions (alongside the military and small businesses) in which majorities of Americans express confidence.

Accordingly, apologists quickly shifted to swearing that “defund the police” didn’t really mean abolishing the police (even though some continue to advocate precisely that), but rather redirecting substantial portions of police funding toward other institutions like social welfare case workers.

Here’s how CNN defined the term on June 17, before it became a potential landmine for Biden, in a piece entitled “There’s a Growing Call to Defund Police – Here’s What It Means”:

It’s as straightforward as it sounds:  Instead of funding a police department, a sizable chunk of a city’s budget is invested in communities, especially marginalized ones where much of the policing occurs…  

Some supporters of divestment want to reallocate some, but not all, funds away from police departments to social services and reduce their contact with the public to reduce the likelihood of police violence.  Those seeking to disband police consider defunding an initial step toward creating an entirely different model of community-led public safety.  The concept exists on a spectrum, and the two aren’t dichotomous but interconnected.  But both interpretations center on reimagining what public safety looks like – shifting resources away from law enforcement toward community resources…  

Thus, “defund the police” became shorthand for redirecting police resources, not necessarily abolishing police departments altogether.  And that’s precisely what is already occurring in cities like New York City under Mayor Bill DeBlasio, and in Los Angeles under Mayor Eric Garcetti.

In fact, here’s a headline from Newsweek, hardly a right-leaning publication:  “LA Mayor Faces Backlash for Defunding Police With $150 Million Budget Cut.”

Now let’s roll the tape on Joe Biden to see how his comments square with that definition.  In a July 11 interview with Now This News, interviewer Ady Barkan asked Biden directly whether he supported redirecting police funding in precisely the manner defined above:

Barkan:  We can reduce the responsibilities assigned to the police and redirect some of the funding for police into social services, mental health counseling and affordable housing…  Are you open to that kind of reform?  

Biden:  Yes, I proposed that kind of reform…  The last thing you need is an up-armored Humvee coming into a neighborhood.  It’s like the military invading!  They don’t know anybody.  They become the enemy…  

Barkan:  But do we agree that we can redirect some of the funding?  

Biden:  Yes!  Absolutely.  

But now that position has become a political liability, as captured by a separate Rasmussen survey released this week:

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 66% of American adults now oppose reducing the police budget in the community where they live to channel that money into more social services.  That’s up from 59% in June when we first asked this question.  Just 23% favor defunding the cops where they live, down from 27% in the previous survey.  

A new ABC News/Washington Post survey similarly found that “only 40 percent support cutting funding to police in order to spend more on social services, while 55 percent oppose such a move.”

It’s therefore no wonder that Biden and his supporters have suddenly shifted direction and attempted to cover their tracks.  But that doesn’t excuse people like Chris Wallace or the rest of the increasingly shameless legacy media flagrantly attempting to assist him.

Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi, the nation’s highest-ranking Democratic official, just referred to law enforcement officers as “stormtroopers,” openly comparing them to Nazi forces.  And the Biden campaign’s own supervising video producer Sara Pearl on June 1 tweeted simply “#DefundPolice,” and also tweeted “Please stop calling cops ‘pigs.’  Pigs are highly intelligent & empathetic animals who would never racially profile you.”

Birds of a feather flock together.

In contrast, the National Union of Police Organizations has endorsed President Trump, after twice supporting the Obama/Biden and Democrats in previous elections.

Apparently, they recognize something that people like Chris Wallace and other media apologists stubbornly refuse to admit.

Reprinted with Permission from - Center for Individual Freedom by - Timothy H. Lee

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James Pittman
1 year ago

He is in the category of ” you can’t fix stupid”

Pat R
1 year ago

Biden will only be mantel piece. DNC is obviously waiting to name the VP candidate because THAT person will be the one calling the shots and telling Biden what needs done. Wonder if it will be Bernie or Warren. AOC isn’t old enough at 31; requirement is 35 for VP.

John Drinnon
1 year ago
Reply to  Pat R

Michelle Obama

Duane
1 year ago

Watch, corrupt quid pro quo Joe Biden is going hardcore LEFT WING! He is slowly adopting Sander’s, Warren’s and the radical far left wing socialist communistic platform ideals now. He needs these votes in order to get elected! He is doing this for pure power to become President. These whack jobs are currently talking about raising taxes, guaranteed income, free everything, taxing retirement accounts and a debt jubilee, where all debts are wiped out! It’s already being discussed on Capitol Hill by these nut jobs. The baby boomers will be hit the hardest. Beware, if Biden gets elected he will give them what they want! Conservatives need to get out and VOTE.

Mark Bonner
1 year ago

Chris Wallace needs to go to CNN where his attitude is appreciated!

Drue
1 year ago

Chris Wallace is a mealy-mouthed has been. He no longer has credibility with me. I don’t see why FOX still has him on the payroll. Get rid of him and Juan Williams. Save the money.

Jeffrey A Pierce
1 year ago

I hate to say it this way. It is just amazing how STUPID Some people are in our country. Liberals are destroying our country and its cause we let them get by with it. Joe Biden is a snake in the grass and thats why he was vp for Obama cause hes a bigger one. Some blacks are still democrats today, what did Obama do for them or us NOTHING ! I have many black friends but blacks need to open their eyes cause they are being used and led by democrats that dont give a crap about them. I voted for Trump and will again LORD Willing. Trump is not perfect who is ? But he loves our country and he is against the killing of precious babys and our religious rights and our 2nd amendment rights has cut taxes has faught democrats since the day he beat hillary. I believe GOD put Trump in office im not saying hes a holy man of GOD but GOD can use who he wants too ANYTIME, HE’S GOD ! Another thing America better think of Trump is for Israel and their own leader said Trump is the best Usa president he’s ever worked with. GOD LOVES ISRAEL and GOD dont go back on his word, The Holy Bible tells us if we bless Israel we will be blessed and if we curse Israel we will be cursed. This Country has gone as far as wanting to take down statues of JESUS that all falls on democrats and the Muslim movement started by Obama himself. This is not my opinion it is in the Holy Word Of GOD. Every knee shall bow and Every tongue shall confess that JESUS CHRIST IS LORD ! We all can bank on that cause it will come to pass. Their is but one GOD OF THIS CREATION, THE FATHER THE SON JESUS CHRIST AND THE HOLY GHOST. That is GOD if you like it our not. JESUS said no man comes to the father but by me. If you think you are going to spend eternity in Heaven without being saved (born again) by the precious blood if the LAMB YOU ARE DECEIVED ! The Book of Psalm’s tells us (that the wicked shall be turned into hell and ALL NATIONS THAT FORGET GOD ! America better wise up Democratic liberals are trying to send this Country Straight to Hell. This is a spiritual fight and we as Christians better be getting closer to GOD! Someday soon when JESUS returns, boy boy boy this World hasn’t never seen whats coming after JESUS takes his bride The Church Of GOD Away from this world. They all thought Noah was crazy when he built the ark and told them i believe 120 years but they mocked him and would not listen.Real story ! Only Noah and his family survived 8 people in this whole planet was spared. GOD Will do the same to us if we dont except his son JESUS and we better get ready the times we are seeing right now The WORD Of GOD has already tolds us about Thousands of years ago.
Lets go AMERICA Vote for GOD ! And vote for TRUMP. China is doing away with statues Of JESUS and even ✝’s America is heading the same way under democrats in office. You want to see America blessed TURN TO GOD JESUS CHRIST ! Put prayer back in school and the pledge of Allegiance too. The Bible tells us in 2 chronicles 7-14 If my people who are called by my name shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways ,Then I will hear from Heaven and woll forgive their sin and will heal their land. Thats us AMERICA ! GOD Bless and JESUS SAVES !

James
1 year ago

Fifty years of Joe Biden and he hasn’t done a thing for the American people! He has persecuted for Mr. Trump for holding China accountable. Joe is in the pocket of China! Has anyone heard anything about Hunter lately?

Emily
1 year ago

Only criminals want to defund or eliminate our police force so they can operate their illegal activities without interference. What does that tell you about some of our politicians? Nothing can destroy a city, state or country quicker than a rotten politician(s). These rioters are carrying weapons, destroying property, making threats and even killing people……..and a couple have charges brought against them for showing guns to keep rioters off their property, never firing a shot. Now there is an example of a rotten politician. This is all backwards. There is a huge evil strong movement in this country and too many politicians are kissing butt. I think it’s time to go in shooting and end this treason. If not, in time we all will look like Seattle, Chicago and New York. Trump is our ONLY HOPE for law and order.

DAH
1 year ago

To Rik, how do you expect the police to “do their jobs” when they disobey, they either loose their jobs or worse, end up arrested. They took an oath but they also answer to their mayors and they get voted time and time again by left leaning Democrats. Wonder how they will vote this time, assuming they can leave their homes.
 
I’ve had a huge civics lesson this summer in how our government was actually set up. The president doesn’t have as much power as the average American seems to think they do.
 
Ive also had a huge lesson in what a weak and cowardly country our average American has become. The founders and patriots put everything on the line to fight for this incredible country, but we are lazy and waiting for everyone to protect US. How about stand up and help the police. We can stand up to the mayors and governors of this country….what are you doing to support your police department?!
 
WHAT SAY YOU

Rik
1 year ago
Reply to  DAH

Well DAH, I don’t disagree with you BUT if the Police officer is Union then they should tell the politicians “We’re going to do OUR job, you want to fire 1 of us, WE ALL WALK!” and just so, EVERY taxpayer citizen will see that YOU really don’t care about them and that you wanted to be in politics to further your own interests! So you see, I don’t respect them for not fighting for themselves or us! Besides, they would ALL WALK if it was about fighting for some benefit they wanted! I would support them if they were fighting to do the right things, not for a better contract! When they ticketed a Homeless friend who didn’t have the money to get his car smog and renew his registration, they ticketed him 2 $80 tickets in 3 days. I went with him to the Police Department when he complained about it, and the desk officer told him: “Sir, we could actually ticket you every day , so we’re just doing our job!” … that’s when I jumped in and said: “Really, isn’t your job also to arrest and turn over to ICE Agents ANY & ALL ILLEGALS? Isn’t that also part of your job?” … So again, why respect somebody who isn’t really doing their job correctly? … Maybe you would feel differently if you owned 1 of those businesses that got vandalized and destroyed by “Democratic” rioters/looters! … I certainly would!

PaulE
1 year ago
Reply to  Rik

Rik,
 
I re-read your response a few times to make sure I understood what you were saying before replying. Are the police perfect? No of course not. There are good and bad in virtually any profession out there. That is just the way it is. Are public service unions a good thing? No they never were, as even old, progressive FDR warned. Adding public service unions on top of the already more than adequate civil service protections was a recipe for economic disaster for the private sector taxpayer that actually pays for everything and made most of the public sector employees almost completely unaccountable to the public that pays their salaries and benefits. This is not only an issue at the local level, but also at the state and federal levels as well. Today the local police answer ultimately only to the Mayor, who in most major cities in this country, are ALL Democrats.
 
The police chiefs and commissioners all report to the Mayor. The Governor, usually also a Democrat in the states with the top 20 cities currently under assault, controls county and state resources. Notice you don’t see any armed National Guard troops being activated and deployed to these cities under violent assault. The Democrat Governors are exactly like the Democrat Mayors. They support the rioters. So when the Mayor tells the police chief or commissioner to “stand down”, the officers either obey the order or they 1) face charges or 2) are fired and effectively unable to work in law enforcement anywhere else. Want a police force that will stand up to thugs rioting in the town or city, then stop electing Democrat Mayors and Governors. The police don’t cooperate with ICE anymore in these same cities for the exact same reason. The Mayor or Governor has said NO. It’s not the police they refuse to do uphold the law, it is their bosses, the Mayors and Governors, that have decided they can get away with all this. That is why we are seeing the number of early retirements and permanent disability claims from police in ALL these cities under assult rising to record levels. The choice of the average police officer is either follow orders, as bad as they are, refuse and be charged for insubordination or be fired or just opt to get out of policing entirely and find another job.
 
All that aside, I am curious why you expected a desk officer would be able to “fix” a series of tickets your friend had after the tickets were already entered into the system? The time to plead for a warning, tather than a ticket, was before the officers wrote him up. You do know that a desk officer has no power to void any tickets right? You may not have liked the officers response, but he was factually correct gieven whatever the ludicrous smog laws are in Cali and he had no power to “fix” the tickets for your friend. With everytihng computerized today, the idea that a cop can just log into the system and void a ticket without either his superiors or IA finding out is zero. That’s grounds for immediate termination in most police departments. Are there ways to circumvent the system? Sure, but not for you and me. We are neither politiaclly well-connected enough to have access to the kind of high level public officials that could address this with a simple phone call and authorize the voiding properly. But that’s the case in most everything anywhere in the world.

Wes Luke
1 year ago
Reply to  DAH

why would YOU sing GOD BLESS AMERICA ? when you don’t believe in GOD ?
why should GOD bless America ??

Rik
1 year ago

I’ve lost a lot of respect for Police Departments when they just stand by and do nothing to stop the rioting and looting of local businesses. EVERY OFFICER TOOK AN OATH TO PROTECT THE CITIZENS and they have stood by and just allowed these crimes to happen!!! So what if the Governor, Mayor or their “appointed” Police Commissioner tells them to stand down! … They should tell them to do their jobs and protect their citizens. And if they won’t, too bad, because the officers will uphold the law first and to Hell with politicians! So I, personally, have lost respect for Police Departments. President Trump should have Federal Troops arresting ANY LOCAL OR STATE OFFICIAL WHO DOESN’T PROTECT THEIR CITIZENS AND BUSINESSES FROM RIOTERS!!! Perhaps then we can again be a Nation of Law and Order!

Bill
1 year ago
Reply to  Rik

We need to support the police! Politician’s standing in the way of stoping riots and destruction of hard working citizens property and businesses should be removed from office immediately! The power is in the ballot box, until that right is stripped from us!

Julie
1 year ago
Reply to  Rik

You have no clue how policing and managerial (Mayor) control works.

Drue
1 year ago
Reply to  Rik

Rick- This is not the police’s fault. They have bosses that give them orders. Unfortunately, these “bosses” are leftist Democrats that have no reason to have the police do what is right for their constituents. It is all about socialistic control.

Dan W.
1 year ago

Come on AMAC. You’re busting Chris Wallace for being unfair to the President by posting an article authored by “Outside Contributor”. Your journalistic slip is showing.

Kim
1 year ago

We shouldn’t be DEFUNDING police departments, we should be DEFENDING them!

James
1 year ago
Reply to  Kim

Right on! As you can see civilization becomes very uncivilized without law enforcement.

Gloria P. Sterling
1 year ago
Reply to  Kim

Defund the politicians who want to defund the police. Kick them out of office.
 

Duane
1 year ago
Reply to  Kim

We should be DEFUNDING congress!

Kim
1 year ago
Reply to  Duane

Absolutely! And the best time to do that is in November, with the next election. Vote the libs out of office! Vote for conservatives!

Bogna Nowak
1 year ago
Reply to  Kim

I wonder what you intend to do if some thug kicks in the door to your home? Call the defunded police who have absolutely no reason to protect YOU.

Kim
1 year ago
Reply to  Bogna Nowak

Did you correctly read my response? I am all for defEnding the police, NOT defUnding them!

Kim
1 year ago
Reply to  Bogna Nowak

I’m surprised by the number of people who gave negative votes to my comment. Please, read every word!

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