Biden couldn’t bring himself to do it, of course. He had one of his flacks say it for him.
According to Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates:
As his criminal justice proposal made clear months ago, Vice President Biden does not believe that police should be defunded. He hears and shares the deep grief and frustration of those calling out for change, and is driven to ensure that justice is done and that we put a stop to this terrible pain. Biden supports the urgent need for reform — including funding for public schools, summer programs, and mental health and substance abuse treatment separate from funding for policing — so that officers can focus on the job of policing.
This took days, and I’m sure it was an excruciating decision. But just imagine, this is where the Democratic Party has gotten too. Its leader can barely bring himself to say he doesn’t want to defund the police. What a terrible, anguished choice this must have been. But of course, maybe the Left will understand the Biden does need a few votes in the suburbs to win.
Here’s a scene you’ll never see again. Honoring the nation’s “top cops,” Biden said in 2014:
We recognize the bravery that you display simply by putting on that shield every morning. That all by itself is an act of bravery. Strapping on your sidearm kissing your husband or your wife goodbye at the door, walking out and know,d because most of your are experienced, that you don’t know with any degree of certitude, what’s about to greet you, you have no idea, except, some of it might not be good . . . From your perspective, here’s no greater honor that a law enforcement officer could have than being recognized and nominated by his fellow officers, because you all know what real courage is, you all know what kind of steel in your spine it takes to make the decisions that the men standing behind me have made. You also know that there are thousands and thousands of law enforcement officers out there on the job today and every day who are taking risks that are hard for ordinary people to imagine. They take risks to protect the community protect the people they don’t know, protect people they’ve never met, but they go out there, and you all do it anyway, regardless of where they’re from, who they are, whether you know them or not. Today is a day . . . every man and woman in uniform should feel extremely proud of themselves . . . Today is a day the entire community of police officers should understand that America appreciates what you’re doing, that this president and I appreciate what you’re doing.
Well, I guess all of that is out the window now.