Joe Biden called for defunding police in a Wednesday interview with outlet “Now This” where he said that police have “become the enemy.”
As crime continues to skyrocket across the country – particularly in Democrat run cities – Biden said that funding should “absolutely” be reallocated to other places.
When ”Now This” activist/ host Ady Barkan asked Biden “But do we agree that we can redirect some of the [police] funding?” Biden responded by saying “Yes, absolutely.”
Biden went on to call for police reforms. “One of the things that we also need to be doing is fundamentally changing way we deal with our prison system,” he said. “It should be a rehabilitation system, not a punishment system. We’re going to make sure you’re qualified for every single right you had before you went to prison if you served your time.”
Biden also signaled in the interview that he believes it is the job of the federal government to “go in” and “systemically change what’s going on.”
It’s clear that a desperate Joe Biden is trying to win the votes of the far-left with these comments that mark a serious flip-flop from just a few weeks ago when Biden not only claimed that he did not support defunding the police, but even advocated for increased funding for police.
“Don’t defund police, support reforms,” Biden wrote in an op-ed for USA Today. “I’ve long been a firm believer in the power of community policing — getting cops out of their cruisers and building relationships with the people and the communities they are there to serve and protect. That’s why I’m proposing an additional $300 million to reinvigorate community policing in our country.”
“Every single police department should have the money it needs to institute real reforms like adopting a national use of force standard, buying body cameras and recruiting more diverse police officers.”
In early June, the Biden campaign also expressed a conflicting belief on the matter. “As his criminal justice proposal made clear months ago, Vice President Biden does not believe that police should be defunded,” Biden campaign Rapid Response Director Andrew Bates said at the time.
“He hears and shares the deep grief and frustration of those calling out for change, and is driven to ensure that justice is done and that we put a stop to this terrible pain.”
Bates added that Biden supports “the urgent need for reform,” which he said includes “funding for public schools, summer programs, and mental health and substance abuse treatment separate from funding for policing — so that officers can focus on the job of policing.”
The Biden campaign also noted an additional $300 million for community policing. Which Biden’s team somehow claimed would magically “improve relationships between officers and residents.”
Senile old Joe can’t seem to make his mind up on the issue.
In response to Biden’s new comments, Trump 2020 campaign rapid response director Andrew Clark wrote on Twitter it looked like Biden had “changed his position” on defunding police, adding a clip from the Now This interview.
Biden may be headed down a slippery slope, taking cues from more radical Democrats such as top advisor Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has been vocal about demanding the complete defunding of Police – stating that budget reductions to the tune of $1 billion in NYC alone were not enough to appease her and the left wing mob.