‘Defund the police’ is the new ‘abolish ICE.’ Protesters and social media activists have plastered the slogan across their posters and social media pages. Let’s be very clear: this is a hard left stance that is inconsistent with the views of suburban America.
Despite its relative unpopularity, the loudest and most prominent voices are propping this idea up in an effort to appease the most extreme sect of the Democrat Party. Afraid of taking any wrong step, liberal politicians and media personalities are defending this idea—and even trying to rationalize it.
Late-night hosts like John Oliver and news outlets like CNBC have made it their goal to explain away the radicalism of the claim; however, the far left is reiterating that they mean precisely what they say.
In an opinion piece for The New York Times, Mariame Kaba says, “Yes, We Mean Literally Abolish The Police.” According to Kaba, “We can’t reform the police. The only way to diminish police violence is to reduce contact between the public and the police.”
It seems the voices who initiated this slogan are sticking to it and its literal meaning. Outlets and voices on the left who are election-focused are desperately trying to diffuse the dumpster fire that is ‘defund the police’ because they know it doesn’t sell and isn’t practical.
Presidential candidate Joe Biden has publicly stated that he does not support defunding police, but that doesn’t matter. The radical groups promoting this idea are associated with the left and with Biden in the minds of many Americans. And unless the Democrats can reign in the extremists in their ranks, a vote for Biden will represent a lawless, crime-riddled America.
According to The Pew Research Center, almost half of Americans want police funding to stay the same, and a third actually want to see it increased. Only a dismal quarter of Americans support reducing police funding.
FiveThirtyEight reported that four different polls conducted by various organizations yielded similar results. They all revealed that more than half of Americans oppose defunding the police. Barely a third (in some polls) supported the idea. FiveThirtyEight also reported that “The slogan is unpopular with most demographic groups,” with limited exceptions.
Radical demonstrators are clearly out of touch. And unfortunately for Joe Biden, they are representing him. The suburbs, particularly women, are what can sway the election in favor of Biden and Trump. Defunding the police doesn’t appeal to them. If this movement carries on until November, it will likely deter these voters from choosing Biden.
In suburban communities, police officers are your neighbors, your spouses, your parents, and your siblings. They are heavily involved in the community. Asking people to abolish the police and commit to popular social media statements like ‘ACAB’ (All Cops Are Bastards) is an easy way to turn off potential voters.
Furthermore, when your safety and security are at risk, it’s challenging to focus on other issues. When it comes to their families, people will vote for their safety, which means not abolishing the police. Police have focused on containing violence and unrest during protests, and thus many communities have gotten a taste of life without the rule of law. Gun sales have skyrocketed in the wake of riots and looting. This is because more and more Americans are recognizing the threat to their safety as our nation’s police are under attack.
To save any chance Biden has, he must sharply distance himself from this movement. He must commit to supporting police and the rule of law.
If Biden doesn’t reaffirm his support of police, he will be leaving his fate up to chance. It’s possible that between now and November, the movement will slow down and deconstruct, but it’s a risky move by Biden’s camp to rely on time to solve the problem.
With the ‘defund the police’ movement moving at its current pace, Trump is likely to benefit from it and successfully take the 2020 election. As it stands, Trump represents the law, protecting communities, and supporting police. Biden, on the other hand, is representative of rioting, looting, and general unrest.
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