Joe Biden’s doubletalk on ‘Defund the Police’
Forget Joe Biden’s endless gaffes and remarks he later takes back; just try to figure out where he stands even when he speaks clearly, such as on defunding police.
Thursday, he painted blacks with a broad brush, suggesting they think alike, compared with Hispanics: “Unlike the African-American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes.” Yet he soon retracted that: “In no way did I mean to suggest the African-American community is a monolith.”
OK, fine. He misspoke. Joe is Joe, his campaign says.
Yet his views on #DefundThePolice are different. In a statement last month, his folks insisted: “Biden does not believe that police should be defunded.”
Later, though, asked if money should be “redirected” away from cops, he replied, “Yes, absolutely.” And the charter for his alliance with Bernie Sanders vows to “reinvigorate community policing . . . and make smart investments to incentivize departments to build effective partnerships with social workers and mental-health and substance-use counselors” — which aligns with the #Defunders’ goals.
Yet, then on Wednesday, as a poll showed 81 percent of blacks want as much, or more, police presence, Biden — lo and behold! — called for more funding for cops, to handle the “God-awful problems” they face.
None of these statements was a gaffe. It’s just that even on a subject as vital as cops, Biden wants it both ways. Who knows where he really stands?
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