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Biden’s State Of The Union Call To ‘Fund The Police’ Infuriates Activists

Washington, DC – President Joe Biden received a bipartisan standing ovation when he called to “fund the police” during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, but anti-police activists were not happy.

President Biden vowed on March 1 that his administration would tackle the escalating crime and gun violence problems in the United States, but pushed back against progressive Democrats’ calls to “defund the police.”

“Let’s not abandon our streets or choose between safety and equal justice,” the President said. “Let’s come together and protect our communities, restore trust and hold law enforcement accountable.”

“That’s why the Justice Department has required body cameras, banned choke holds, and restricted no-knock warrants for its officers,” President Biden continued. “That’s why the American Rescue Plan… provided $350 billion that cities, states, and counties can use to hire more police, invest in more proven strategies. Proven strategies like community violence interruption, trusted messengers, breaking the cycle of violence and trauma, giving young people some hope.”

Then he horrified anti-police activists with a strong call to fund law enforcement.

“We should all agree the answer is not to defund the police,” the President said. “It’s to fund the police. Fund them. Fund them!”

“Fund them with resources and training they need to protect our community,” he added.

Then President Biden asked Congress to pass his budget to “keep our neighborhoods safe” and promised to crack down on gun trafficking and ghost guns.

“I ask Congress to pass proven measures to reduce gun violence, pass universal background checks. Why should anyone on a terrorist list be able to purchase a weapon? Why?” he asked.

People on terrorist watch lists have no due process to be removed from the watch list and are not notified that they are on the list.

Despite the bipartisan applause, more than one Democrat voiced their displeasure with President Biden’s open call to fund law enforcement after two years of work by progressives to do just the opposite.

“With all due respect, Mr. President,” U.S. Representative Cori Bush (D-Missouri) tweeted. “You didn’t mention saving Black lives once in this speech.”

“All our country has done is given more funding to police,” Bush continued. “The result? 2021 set a record for fatal police shootings. Defund the police. Invest in our communities.”

Despite Bush’s statement, crime surged after police departments around the country were defunded.

Interestingly, the President did not mention racial issues in his speech or the push for “equity” that has been such a hallmark of his administration thus far, Politico reported.

Others mocked Vice President Kamala Harris for applauding President Biden’s call to “fund the police” after bailing out rioters.

President Biden’s call to fund the police followed recent survey research by the Democratic Party that showed some voters in battleground states think that party has become “preachy” and “focused on culture wars,” according to Politico.

In February, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) specifically called out Bush and said defunding the police was not a Democratic Party line.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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