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Biden Urges Civil Rights Leaders To Delay Calls To Defund Police Until After Georgia Senate Runoff

Washington, DC – Joe Biden told civil rights leaders that leftist demands to defund police “beat the living hell” out of Democrats during the recent election.

Biden’s assertions were captured in a leaked audio recording from a virtual meeting he and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) held with the leaders of seven civil rights groups on Tuesday, FOX News reported.

During the nearly two-hour meeting, the leaders pushed Biden to commit to enacting a plethora of executive orders if he becomes President, according to The Intercept.

He told the group during the call that demands for police reform need to be reigned in ahead of the Georgia Senate runoff next month, because the outcome will determine which political party will control the U.S. Senate, FOX News reported.

“I also don’t think we should get too far ahead ourselves on dealing with police reform in that, because they’ve already labeled us as being ‘defund the police,’” Biden said, according to FOX News. “Anything we put forward in terms of the organizational structure to change policing – which I promise you, will occur. Promise you.”

“That’s how they beat the living hell out of us across the country, saying that we’re talking about defunding the police,” he added. “We’re not. We’re talking about holding them accountable.”

Biden further declared that police need to learn to do their jobs “with less force and more understanding,” FOX News reported.

Holding back on calls for police reform until after the Georgia runoff vote could benefit Democrats and the police defunding efforts down the line, he noted.

“Think about how much do we push between now and Jan. 5,” he said, before assuring the group he would be sure to establish a “full-blown commission” to examine police reform once the race was over, according to FOX News.

A member of Biden’s transition team attempted to blow off reporters’ questions about the leaked recordings, according to the paper.

“President-elect Biden is the same person behind closed doors that he is public; honest, direct and realistic about the challenges facing our nation the day he is sworn in,” the transition team official claimed. “As he made clear throughout the campaign, he believes in supporting bold and urgent reform to our criminal justice system while continuing to support law enforcement’s mission to keep our communities safe.”

Meanwhile, Black Lives Matter blasted Biden and Harris for failing to invite them to the meeting, during which the civil rights groups were also allowed to provide suggestions about how to run the U.S. Justice Department.

“Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Rep. Cedric Richmond met with several civil rights groups yesterday,” Black Lives Matter tweeted on Wednesday. “@blklivesmatter—as the largest social and justice movement in history—was not invited.”

The group credited themselves for having “brought the Biden Harris victory home,” and said they “deserve a seat at the table.”

BLM noted that they sent a letter to both politicians shortly after the election requesting a meeting with them to “discuss the expectations that we have for your administration and the commitments that must be made to Black people.”

“In short, black people won this election,” BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors wrote in the Nov. 7 letter. “Without the resounding support of black people, we would be saddled with a very different electoral outcome.”

“We want something for our vote,” Cullors added. “We want to be heard and our agenda to be prioritized. We issue these expectations not just because black people are the most consistent and reliable voters for Democrats, but also because black people are truly living in crisis in a nation that was built on our subjugation.”

Cullors accused the U.S. of failing “to directly reckon with the way that it devalues black people and devastates our lives,” and said that Biden and Harris needed to meet with them “to ensure that you remedy past missteps and work towards a more just future for black people.”

BLM said Biden and Harris have yet to sit down with them to discuss their demands, so they were even more outraged when the duo excluded them from the meeting they held with seven other civil rights groups on Tuesday.

“It has now been 32 days and we have yet to receive a response [to the letter]. To set up a meeting with civil rights leaders, without BLM, is unacceptable,” BLM ranted in another tweet.

The group has also lunched a petition to try to push Biden and Harris into meeting with them.

During Tuesday’s meeting with the civil rights groups Biden and Harris did invite, the groups laid out their expectations with regards to police and criminal justice reform, judges, Biden’s proposed cabinet, voting rights, and racial justice, Politico reported.

They also told Biden he needs to appoint a black attorney general with a background in civil rights, among other recommendations.

The civil rights leaders said Biden should make every effort to appoint black people to as many positions as possible.

“You cannot move the needle when it comes to racial justice in this country unless you have people at the table, at the highest levels, who have had the lived experiences, and, yes, the professional qualifications, to be able to impact public policy,” National Urban League CEO Marc Morial told Biden, according to Politico. “In today’s America, there are Black people qualified for every single position in the government.”

Cullors has informed Biden and Harris in the past that she expects to be included on their transition team in a policy role, the New York Post reported.

Cullors is a self-described “trained Marxist” who has claimed to be a protégé of Eric Mann, former agitator of the domestic terrorism group Weather Underground.

In October, she signed a wide-ranging, multi-year deal with Warner Bros. Television Group in order to have her develop and produce a plethora of programming in order to give more attention to “black voices.”

Cullors, who is credited with having coined the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag, co-founded the group seven years ago.

They have raised millions of dollars in donations for “Black Lives Matter,” an organization which does not legally exist.

Donations are collected by a third-party nonprofit organization and then “gifted” to Black Lives Matter leaders with no accountability or transparency for how the money is used.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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