Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden's campaign said on Monday that the former vice president does not support calls to defund the police amid growing calls to do so by activists across the country.
“As his criminal justice proposal made clear months ago, Vice President Biden does not believe that police should be defunded,” Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates told reporters.
“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. “Biden supports the urgent need for reform — including 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.”
Profile in courage to send out a mid-level campaign staffer to claim Joe Biden opposes defunding the police.— Andrew Clark (@AndrewHClark) June 8, 2020
Read between the lines: Biden is 𝘁𝗼𝗼 𝗮𝗳𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗮𝗿 𝗹𝗲𝗳𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝘂𝗻𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗶𝘃𝗼𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝘀𝗮𝘆 𝗶𝘁 𝗵𝗶𝗺𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳 on camera. https://t.co/p6WwpYs6gm
Biden campaign rejects Trump's efforts to tie the Democratic nominee to protesters' "defund the police" rallying cry. https://t.co/KyY7KKuMUW— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) June 8, 2020
Not only will Sleepy Joe Biden DEFUND THE POLICE, but he will DEFUND OUR MILITARY! He has no choice, the Dems are controlled by the Radical Left.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 7, 2020
This is insane!— Brad Parscale (@parscale) June 8, 2020
Democrats like Joe Biden want to defund the police. Then, they call Americans “privileged” for worrying about safety.
There's nothing privileged about wanting to protect your family.
President Trump will always fight for law and order.pic.twitter.com/aZzOhipYsW
Joe Biden’s silence on calls to “defund the police” shows how far left he has moved on issue after issue.— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) June 8, 2020
Americans support the right to peacefully protest, but still want law and order.@realDonaldTrump is the only candidate with the courage to make that clear!
The silence from @JoeBiden on “Defund the Police” equals concurrence.— Tim Murtaugh - Download the Trump 2020 app today! (@TimMurtaugh) June 8, 2020
We are days into the movement to dismantle police departments across the country.
It’s consuming the Democrat Party.
Biden owns it and is scared to come out in public about it.https://t.co/Mo8SRyPEiL
Biden is in a pickle. The black democrat voter is going to expect him to support de-funding. They may even want him kissing some feet. 😂— tim hinkle (@timhinkle) June 8, 2020