“That’s how they beat the living hell out of us across the country, saying that we’re talking about defunding the police. We’re not. We’re talking about holding them accountable.”
In leaked audio, Joe Biden shared police concerns with civil rights leaders but showed caution when it came to overhauling law enforcement.
Biden griped that the GOP’s misusage of the slogan “defund the police” allowed them to beat Democrats across the country. Now the Democrats have one of the smallest majorities in history.
Biden only pushed the civil rights leaders to tread lightly when it comes to “defund the police” because it might hurt the Democrat Party’s chance of winning the Senate runoffs in Georgia:
“I also don’t think we should get too far ahead ourselves on dealing with police reform in that, because they’ve already labeled us as being ‘defund the police’ anything we put forward in terms of the organizational structure to change policing — which I promise you, will occur. Promise you,” Biden said.
“That’s how they beat the living hell out of us across the country, saying that we’re talking about defunding the police. We’re not. We’re talking about holding them accountable. We’re talking about giving them money to do the right things. We’re talking about putting more psychologists and psychiatrists on the telephones when the 911 calls through. We’re talking about spending money to enable them to do their jobs better, not with more force, with less force and more understanding.”
The slogan “defund the police” has been blamed for House and Senate losses by Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., along with other moderate House Democrats. Former President Barack Obama joined in, calling it a snappy slogan that cost votes.
“I just raise it with you to think about how much do we push between now and January 5 — we need those two seats — about police reform. But I guarantee you, there will be a full-blown commission. I guarantee you it’s a major, major, major element,” Biden said.
So Biden said they’re not the “defund the police” party, but wants to have a “full-blown commission” and considers it “a major, major, major element” to his administration.
But of course, Biden is against defunding the police! His vice president is a cop!
Biden explained to the civil rights leaders that there is not much he can do when it comes to executive orders. He even took a shot against the far-left (emphasis mine):
Not within the constitutional authority. I am not going to violate the Constitution. Executive authority that my progressive friends talk about is way beyond the bounds. And as one of you said, maybe it was you, Reverend Al [Sharpton], whether it’s far left or far right, there is a Constitution. It’s our only hope. Our only hope and the way to deal with it is, where I have executive authority, I will use it to undo every single damn thing this guy has done by executive authority, but I’m not going to exercise executive authority where it’s a question, where I can come along and say, ‘I can do away with assault weapons.’
There are plenty on the left that wants him to use his executive authority to defund the police or ban so-called assault weapons.DONATE
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