But confusion over the proposal's intent has created an opportunity for Trump, who has struggled to navigate the delicate debate over racial justice, risking support from people of color, suburban women and independents less than five months before
Facing increasing pressure to weigh in, Biden addressed the issue Monday in an interview with “CBS Evening News.”
“I don’t support defunding the police. I support conditioning federal aid to police based on whether or not they meet certain basic standards of decency, honorableness and, in fact, are able to demonstrate they can protect the community, everybody in the community," Biden said.
Other opponents of the movement include Sen.
“I support the energy behind it. I don’t know what that substantively means. As I’m talking to people about the concept, I’ve gotten three different explanations,” said Johnson, who has criticized Trump. “We know there has to be a change in the culture of policing in this country.”
Luntz added, however, that
Municipal officials in
But there was little evidence that the effort was gaining momentum in
“By starting with the word ‘defund,’ you’ve left the impression that you are doing something much more radical than what needs to be done,” said Heitkamp, a leader of the
She said the term left her frustrated that “there’s going to be somebody who’s going to try to find an opportunity in this, especially among the
That’s largely what played out as the Trump campaign and congressional
“This year has seen the lowest crime numbers in our Country’s recorded history, and now the Radical Left Democrats want to Defund and Abandon our Police," Trump declared on social media. "Sorry, I want LAW & ORDER!”
“No industry is safe from Democrats’ abolish culture,” said
“It sounds like the guy that’s the 45th president is trying to distract from what the real issue is, the brutality and the murder of George Floyd,” said Meeks, who represents
"I don’t care how it’s named, I’m not for that,” he said, while noting he’s joined protest marches in his district.
Trump, meanwhile, is grasping for a strategy that might generate some momentum. A
Some Trump advisers have considered having the president deliver an address on police-community relations and racial injustice, while others believe it would do little good, according to two
The people spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.
Before the pandemic, Trump advisers believed the president had a real chance of making inroads with black voters, given his support for criminal justice reform and the strength of the economy. They're less confident now.
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