As we lurch ever closer to the 2022 midterms, (and the looming disaster of the 2024 contest just over the horizon), all eyes are going to be on the Democratic Party, and their unavoidable civil war.
The group has long appeared to be tearing itself apart from the inside, with a progressive and precocious wing harnessing their social media advantage to scare up the younger, more liberal among them. And then there’s the old guard, who is trying, (in their own oblivious way), to warn these kids to be careful what they wish for – knowing full well that they’ll need to harness Middle America if they want to beat Donald Trump in 2024.
And with this battle raging, President Joe Biden just delivered a heck of a blow to the far-left’s agenda.
President Biden, during an event at the New York Police Department on Thursday, said “the answer is not to defund the police,” but instead, to provide the tools and funding for law enforcement officials to be “partners” and “protectors” in the community.
The president and Attorney General Merrick Garland met with New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul at the NYPD headquarters Thursday to discuss ways federal, state and local law enforcement officials can work together to quickly take shooters off the streets and combat gun violence.
It would be hard to mistake his sentiment.
“Enough is enough because we know we can do things about this,” Biden said. “You know, Mayor Adams, you and I agree.”Advertisement - story continues below
“The answer is not to abandon our streets. That’s not the answer,” Biden continued. “The answer is to come together, police and communities building trust and making us all safer.”
He added: “The answer is not to defund the police. It is to give you the tools, the training, the funding to be partners, to be protectors.”
Biden doubled down on that point, noting that they are “not about defunding.”
“We’re about funding and providing the additional services you need beyond someone with a gun strapped to their shoulder,” Biden said. “We need more social workers, mental health workers. We need more people who, when you’re called on these scenes and someone is about to jump off a roof, it’s not just someone standing with a weapon – it is someone who also knows how to talk to people, talk them down.”
The rhetoric is sure to elicit a response from the radical wing of the party, and could snowball into something disastrous for the Democrats come November.