Trump Criticized Biden for Losing the Support of Police Unions. Is That Such a Bad Thing?
During the chaos that was the first presidential debate, one topic largely flew under the radar: Joe Biden’s shriveling support from police unions. For Americans who believe that the government should work for us and be held accountable when it fails us, this is not a bad thing.
The back-and-forth went something like this:
Trump: [Biden’s] talking about defunding the police.
Biden: That—that is not true.
Trump: He doesn’t have any law support—
Biden: Would you—look—
Trump: He has no law enforcement support, almost nothing.
Biden: That’s not—look—
Trump: Oh really? Why do you have? Name one group that supports you. Name one group that came out and supported you.
Trump: Go ahead.
Trump: Think. We have time.
Biden: We don’t have time to do anything except—
Trump: No, no, think about it.
As was the case for most of the evening, no actual productive exchange of ideas occurred. While Biden does not actually want to defund the police, his relationship with law enforcement groups did, in fact, used to be much cozier.
At a dinner for the National Organization for Police Organizations (NAPO) in May 2015, the former vice president courted the police lobby with talk of his 1994 crime bill: “There wouldn’t have been a Biden crime bill,” he said, “there wouldn’t have been that crime bill that put 100,000 cops in the street in the first place were it not for the fact that from the very beginning [NAPO] was the staunchest, staunchest advocate for it.”
NAPO endorsed the
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