Unless you are a radical on the far-Left, it’s virtually impossible to honestly believe that defunding the police is a good idea. We reported earlier this week that Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden opposes the idea, but where do his vice presidential choices stand?
The Daily Caller put out a list of picks and their views on police defunding:
- Senator Kamala Harris: Even though Harris served as the former Attorney General of California and has a long history of working in law enforcement, Harris has continued to dodge the question of defunding the police in multiple interviews. The California Senator also praised Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s decision to cut $150 million from the Los Angeles Police Department’s budget, saying Tuesday on Good Morning America: “We’ve got to re-examine what we’re doing with American taxpayer dollars and ask the question: are we getting the right return on our investment? Are we actually creating healthy and safe communities?” Harris said. “That’s a legitimate conversation and it requires really critical evaluation. I applaud Eric Garcetti for doing what he’s done.”
- Senator Elizabeth Warren: The former presidential candidate said Monday that defunding the police is “not the term I would use” but said that it is important to “listen to the pain and the lived experiences of the people who are protesting.” Other then that, Warren has been quiet on the issue.
- Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms: Bottoms said Tuesday, that defunding the police is “a very simplified message,” adding “I think the overarching thing is that people want to see a reallocation of resources into community development and alternatives to just criminalizing … behavior, so I think it’s incumbent upon us to help people articulate that frustration,” Bottoms said in an interview with 11Alive earlier this week.
- Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer: Whitmer said Wednesday that she supports the “spirit” of the “Defund The Police” movement, adding that she just not want to actually get rid of them. “The spirit as you just articulated is really just about reprioritizing and rebuilding communities, not just policing,” Whitmer said on an Instagram live with The Root.
- Rep. Val Demmings:As a former police officer, Demmings has not called for defunding the police but did say the Minneapolis City Council is “is being very thoughtful” when asked about their effort to dismantle its police department. Demmings in a statement Monday said: “To be clear: the overwhelming number of men and women in law enforcement are good, decent people who are a blessing to our nation. I have personally served with many of them. However, we desperately need additional changes to hold bad cops accountable. This legislation combines decades of work by the Congressional Black Caucus and the House Judiciary Committee to give America’s police departments the guidance, support, and accountability needed to protect and serve every American equally, regardless of their race.”
Team Trump also put out a tweet highlighting the radicalism of Biden’s allies:
Remember, Biden is no moderate, and the good odds are that his VP choice will be even more radical than he is.