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    Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, on Wednesday, defended his recent hiring of Dyjuan Tatro, a former gang member who served time for attempted murder and who supports the defund the police movement. In an interview with Politico, Maloney called Tatro an “extraordinary individual” who has become the target of a “racially-based” attack by Republicans. “Shame on them for continuing to do it,” Maloney said of Republican criticism of Tatro, who is black. During the same interview, Maloney denied that the Democratic party supports defunding the police. At one point he accused Republicans, and not Democrats, of being in favor of police defunding through their support of budget cuts for a variety of federal programs. “There is only one team right now is trying to defund the police, and it’s the red team,” he said, adding of the GOP that “I assume they’re going to...
    Activists in Michigan’s second largest city are hoping to defund the police, they told reporters on Monday. The group “Defund the GRPD” — as in, Grand Rapids Police Department — calls for severely cutting funds to patrol the town. “We challenge you to be a part of creating a world where communities are fully funded,” group member Danah, who declined to give her last name, said, WZZM reported. She did not define “fully funded.” “Where neighbors take care of each other, where we practice community accountability that prioritizes safety, healing, and empowerment,” Danah said. The Grand Rapids city charter requires at least 32 percent of the city’s budget to be spent on its police force. According to the news station, the city allocated 37.4 percent of its fund to the department. Both numbers are “too high,” the group said. “We cannot continue to live in a world where we use...
    Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland confirmed on Monday that he does not support defunding the police, but did note that he is in favor of giving more funds to alternative policing methods. Garland was asked about the growing “defund the police” slogan during the first day of his confirmation hearing, where he spoke in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Garland echoed President Joe Biden’s comments regarding defunding the police and said he does not support the initiative. “As you no doubt know President [Joe] Biden has said he does not support defunding the police, and neither do I,” Garland said after being asked about the idea by Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley. “We saw how difficult the lives of police officers were in the bodycam videos we saw when they were defending the Capitol. I do believe in – and President Biden believes in – giving resources to police...
    Joe Biden promised to end jail time for drug offenses while urging against defunding police in a town hall in Milwaukee on Tuesday. The president took questions from CNN's Anderson Cooper and members of the audience in his first town hall since entering the White House, even declaring at one point: 'I'm tired of talking about Donald Trump.'  Biden, when asked by Wisconsin pastor Dannie Evans about how to not 'over-legislate' police officers in high crime neighborhoods, he said: 'By number one, not defunding the police.' 'We have to put more money in police work so we have legitimate community policing and we're in a situation where we change the legislation,' Biden said. 'Nobody should go to jail for a drug offense. No one should go to jail for the use of a drug. They should go to drug rehabilitation.' Scroll down for video  Wisconsin pastor Dannie Evans, right, asked...
              Six members of the Georgia House of Representatives have responded to the “Defund the Police” movement and filed a bill that would prohibit local governments in the state from cutting more than 5 percent of their police budgets. State Rep. Houston Gaines (R-Athens), the bill’s primary sponsor, said Tuesday that his legislation would, if enacted into law, exempt local governments that lose more than 5 percent of their budget revenues. Members of two Georgia-based organizations objected to the legislation, but Gaines said state residents are better off with it than without it. “Athens-Clarke County proposed cutting 50 percent of its police budget just last year, and there’s a decent chance they will vote on that this summer,” Gaines told members at a Governmental Affairs General Government Subcommittee meeting. “Also, the city of Atlanta had a proposal to cut $73 million (of the police...
    Republican Senators advanced a bill through two committees on Wednesday and Thursday that aims to make the city of Minneapolis pay for law enforcement help from around the state during the March trial of Derek Chauvin — the former police officer who faces second-degree murder charges in the killing of George Floyd. Gov. Tim Walz wants the state to fund an extensive police presence that officials hope will prevent crime and arson, though many in the GOP said it was unfair to make taxpayers across Minnesota pay to backstop a city that has cut its police budget and is short hundreds of officers. A hearing on the Republican legislation Wednesday, however, revolved as much around another city and another incident: the mass shooting in Buffalo. When a gunman killed one person and injured four others at a health clinic in the small city Tuesday, police from around the Twin Cities...
    Denzel Washington says he has the 'utmost respect' for police and that he doesn't care for those who put law enforcement officers down.  The Academy Award-winning actor defended those in law enforcement following calls to 'defund police' in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement across the country.    'I have the utmost respect for what they do, for what our soldiers do, (people) that sacrifice their lives,' Washington told Yahoo Entertainment.   'I just don't care for people who put those kind of people down. If it weren't for them, we would not have the freedom to complain about what they do.'  Denzel Washington has defended those in law enforcement following calls to 'defund police' in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement across the country The 66-year-old has now played a law-enforcer 13 times during his career.  He said that he has seen first-hand the work police do given the...
    Mayor Stan Pulliam of Sandy, Ore., says Portland is "starting to look like a completely different city" after recent riots in the area, which he claims are the result of calls to defund the police. "This is defund the police," Pulliam said on "America’s Newsroom" on Monday. "This is a culture of criminality. This is what it looks like." WHITE HOUSE CONDEMNS VIOLENCE AMID PORTLAND, SEATTLE RIOTS: 'SMASHING WINDOWS IS NOT PROTESTING' The Republican mayor told Bill Hemmer riots are creating fear among business owners and causing some to consider leaving the city. "It really is starting to look like a completely different city than the one I know and love," Pulliam said. VideoPulliam recalled a recent conversation he had with a Multnomah County commissioner over the reason businesses in the area are boarded up. "She said that we had boarded-up windows everywhere because of COVID," Pulliam said....
    A Republican Oregon mayor blasted the push to defund the police Thursday after witnessing the rioting in Portland and other western U.S. cities.  "All of us have just watched in horror as the violence and destruction has taken over the city of Portland and quite frankly, this is what the defunding of the police movement looks like," Mayor of Sander, Oregon Stan Pulliam told "Fox & Friends First." Claiming the violence in Oregon is part of a "culture of criminality," Pulliam doubled down saying that the lack of consequences has "unfortunately led to more incitement of violence." "We have [Portland] Mayor Ted Wheeler, who one week ago gets punched in the face by a citizen. And then just earlier in a segment on this very show, he's put to having to pepper spray others," he said, adding that many businesses are closing and their owners are looking to leave the city.  LATEST PORTLAND ANTI-ICE...
    Rioters clad in paramilitary gear and chanting “balance the federal budget!” swarmed the streets of Seattle last week smashing store windows and bludgeoning innocent citizens walking down the street. Former Vice President Mike Pence issued a fundraising plea to collect bail money for rioters who stormed the Capitol to get them out of jail in time for the next assault on American democracy. Anti-abortion forces attacked a federal building and firebombed police cars before setting up an “autonomous zone” where all abortions are illegal. An “armed gunman” shoots and kills a man in Portland for wearing a hat in support of President Joseph R. Biden. Now, of course, all of these reports are completely false. At least … in terms of who it was that committed the listed atrocities. Conservative budget hawks are not bludgeoning innocent citizens. Republicans did not raise bail money for lawless rioters. Pro-lifers did not firebomb...
    Donald Trump is making a last-minute play to defund the police before he leaves office, The American Prospect reported. The publication noted that the president submitted a formal request to Congress to remove $244 million in local and state law enforcement assistance from a bill he recently signed. In the same bill, he is also trying to slash $4 million from America’s funding an international coronavirus vaccination effort. Progressive calls to “defund the police” in the wake of George Floyd’s death were controversial. Some of the more centrist Democrats — including President-elect Joe Biden — gave avoided using the phrase, while others attributed it to Democratic losses in the House of Representatives, Forbes reported. According to The American Prospect, Trump’s move to defund the police is part of a broader plan to sabotage Biden’s incoming administration. “These interesting priorities are part of a last-ditch effort that represents the latest in...
    The chief of Brown University’s Department of Public Safety has resigned amidst calls from students to “defund” the campus police department. Former Public Safety Chief Mark Porter served for more than fifteen years at the university. According to a report by Campus Reform, Brown University’s campus police chief recently stepped down after months of anti-police activism from students. Although it is unclear if former police chief Mark Porter’s resignation is a response to recent protests, at least one student leader on campus has suggested that there is a link between anti-police activism and Porter’s resignation. One student group called Grasping at the Root argued that the university has created “harmful conditions” that actively oppress minorities living on and near campus. According to the group, Brown is the only private college in the state of Rhode Island at which campus officers have arrest powers. “Brown University must confront the ways it...
              Certain Nashville activists will continue their “defund the police” rhetoric despite the bravery that law enforcement officers displayed before and after last week’s explosion downtown, said Nashville Fraternal Order of Police President James Smallwood. As reported, a massive Christmas Day explosion damaged at least 41 businesses on Second Avenue and collapsed one building. Nashville Mayor John Cooper praised six uniformed Metro Nashville Police officers who he said saved several lives after they determined that a parked RV in that area was about to detonate. Smallwood said that people, though, will always have agendas. “We see a lot of politically-driven agendas, and because of those politically-driven agendas — like our revolving door criminal justice system — in Nashville over the last year we have seen more than a 36 percent spike in crime and that’s horrible,” Smallwood told The Tennessee Star Tuesday. “While I...
    Democratic Congressman-elect Jamall Bowman of New York, took to twitter to call for defunding the police Tuesday, following the announcement by the Justice Department that the officers involved in the 2014 shooting of 12-year old Tamir Rice will not face federal charges. "We're fighting in your memory, Tamir. You won't be forgotten," Bowman tweeted. "A system this cruel and inhumane can't be reformed. Defund the police, and defund the system that's terrorizing our communities," he added. TRUMP PARDONS MARYLAND POLICE OFFICER IMPRISONED AFTER RELEASING CANINE ON SUSPECT Police were called on Nov. 22, 2014 after someone reported that a "guy" was pointing a gun at people, adding that the weapon could be a "fake" and the man in question could actually be a juvenile – the additional information was not passed along to the officers. Officer Timothy Loehmann and his partner Frank Garmback were called to the scene, where the 12-year old had been...
    New York City police are pointing to calls to defund the police and complications brought on by the coronavirus to explain why the city has experienced its highest number of killings since 2011, the Associated Press reported. Nearly 450 people have been murdered this year in America’s largest city, more than a 40% increase from last year, according to the Associated Press. The number of shooting victims has also skyrocketed to more than double the total in 2019, which nears a 14-year high, the Associated Press reported. “While most crime, including home burglaries and robberies, has gone down, murder rates have risen sharply, both in large cities like New York, Chicago and Seattle, and in smaller ones like Lubbock, TX, and Greensboro, NC” @johnyangtv https://t.co/XuuumBX4Oy — Sara Just (@sarajust) December 22, 2020 New York City’s rise in homicide marks the third consecutive year of increasing murders in the city,...
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti vetoed a plan backed by black and Latino members of the City Council to redistribute money cut from the police Tuesday because he said it was too focused on everyday needs and not on the “call of history.” The plan, which was originally passed 13-2, included funding to trim trees, improve parks, and repair sidewalks in poor neighborhoods. The mayor told the Los Angeles Times that the proposal was too focused on “business as usual.” In June, as the city was under curfew and the National Guard was on the streets, Garcetti acceded to a demand by Black Lives Matter activists to defund the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) by $150 million, more than 10% of the budget. The funding was to be redistributed to “communities of color.” The move led to a collapse in morale within the police department, and coincided with a surge in homicides...
    In what could be a future model for other red states with deep-blue cities, Texas is prepared to change radically how the city of Austin conducts its law enforcement. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is moving forward with a plan to wrestle control away of the Austin Police Department from local authorities. The move comes after the Austin City Council passed a resolution in August to cut the police department's budget by $150 million, citing the shootings of unarmed minorities and alleged brutality by the force. The Austin bill constituted one of the most radical in the country, slashing law enforcement's budget by roughly a third. Much of that money was reallocated to civilian departments and the creation of the "Reimagine Safety Fund," which is tasked with "alternative forms of public safety and community support through the yearlong reimagining process." “Extreme, anti-civil rights voices will try to...
    With the 2020 campaign season over, the message is clear from the upper echelons of the Democratic Party: “Defund the police” is not the message that they want to communicate to voters. Former President Barack Obama warned in an interview earlier this month that "you lost a big audience the minute you say it.” President-elect Joe Biden in a private meeting last week, according to audio obtained by the Intercept, said, “That’s how they beat the living hell out of us across the country, saying that we’re talking about defunding the police.” But behind the debate on semantics and public-facing messaging, Democrats are not necessarily abandoning the stated principles behind the slogan: Using mental health workers to respond to police calls or funding social services rather than military-grade police equipment, for instance. In another interview on The Daily Show this week, Obama expanded on his “defund the...
    Two Minneapolis City Council Members are denying their involvement with the "defund the police" movement just days after the council approved a budget that shifted approximately $8 million from the police department and months after they joined colleagues in calling for the dismantlement of the Minnesota city's department. City Council Member Steve Fletcher rejected the idea that the council's goal was to defund the police during a recent interview with local news station KSTP-TV – and instead said the budget cuts came as a result of the need to fund other programs. "'Defund' is not the framework the council has ever chosen," Fletcher said during the interview that aired this week. He was seated next to Council Member Phillipe Cunningham, who agreed. MINNEAPOLIS POLICE UNION HEAD BLASTS CITY COUNCIL, SAYS OFFICERS 'CANNOT KEEP THE PUBLIC SAFE WITH THESE CUTS' Fletcher and Cunningham were two of the nine city council members who...
    Loading the player... Former President Barack Obama may have stopped by The Daily Show Tuesday to plug his latest book, A Promised Land, but he clarified the issues he has with the phrase “defund the police.” “I have consistently believed that their courage, activism, media-savvy, strategic resolve far exceeds anything I could have done at their age, and I think has shifted the conversation in ways that I would not have even imagined a couple of years ago,” Obama told Daily Show host Trevor Noah of the Black Lives Matter contingent he’s seen leading the cause. President @BarackObama clarifies his comments on Defund the Police and breaks down the ways language can persuade the public (and Michelle’s mom) when it comes to reform. pic.twitter.com/oNHGAjueNQ — The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) December 16, 2020 “So, throughout this slew of compliments, I then said, ‘Well, what do you think about the particular...
    A Seattle politician and 'defund the police' supporter called 911 after having a rock thrown through the window of her living room - a crime which critics say could be 'effectively legalized' under her plans for a so-called 'poverty defense'.  Lisa Herbold called the cops after hearing a 'loud noise that sounded like a gunshot' which proved to be a rock, according to a police report seen by My Northwest.  Herbold is said to have 'dived into the kitchen for cover' and did not see the attacker, described by a neighbor as a white man who was 'unathletic and a bad runner'.    The council member is behind a proposal which could see suspects found not guilty if they are 'meeting an immediate basic need' or showing 'symptoms of a behavioral health disorder' which includes alcohol or drug addiction.  Donald Trump-supporting radio host Jason Rantz accused Herbold of 'hypocrisy' after calling...
    City council members in Minneapolis appear to be backpedaling after slashing some $8 million from the city's police budget, claiming that 'Defund the Police' was never their 'framework.' In June, Minneapolis city council members Steve Fletcher and Phillipe Cunningham appeared with seven colleagues on a stage bearing a huge sign reading 'Defund Police' during a protest in Powderhorn Park. Now, the duo seem to be mincing words, with Fletcher telling KSTP-TV on Tuesday: ''Defund' is not the framework the council has ever chosen,' as Cunningham audibly agreed.  'If we're going to look at how we fund different programs, it would be very hard to do that without taking that money from the Minneapolis Police Department,' he continued. Minneapolis city council members Steve Fletcher (left) and Phillipe Cunningham (right) said in an interview on Tuesday that ''Defund' is not the framework the council has ever chosen' In June, they could be...
    Former President Barack Obama doubled down on his 'defund the police' criticism saying the slogan concerns white people and individuals like his mother-in-law who may fear officers won't help them in times of need if the system changes.   Obama faced backlash earlier this month for saying the 'snappy slogan' could alienate people.  In an interview with The Daily Show on Tuesday he said more people would support the movement if it was better explained and the slogan 'defund the police' may sound too scary for some people to support.   'I think the concern is there may be potential allies out there that you’d lose. The issue always is how do you get enough people to support your cause that you can actually institutionalize it and translate it into laws?' he said to host Trevor Noah. 'But if we say defund the police, not just white folks, but Michelle’s mom might...
    Former President Barack Obama expressed concern about the impact that the "defund the police" slogan would have on the 2020 presidential election, but with Democrats taking the White House in January, he appears to be changing his tune, Fox Nation host Lawrence Jones said Wednesday. "President Obama never said he was against actually defunding the police. He was against the way that they labeled it and the impact it would have on elections," Jones told "Fox & Friends" co-host Ainsley Earhardt.  Obama sought to clarify his earlier comments during an interview with the Daily Show's Trevor Noah Monday. During the discussion, the former president was asked to address the backlash he received for dismissing the movement as a "snappy slogan"  that would cost Democrats a "big audience." BLM CO-FOUNDER SLAMS OBAMA FOR CRITICIZING DEFUND POLICE MOVEMENT "Well, that particular slogan — the concern is that there may be potential allies out there that you lose," Obama told Noah, "And the...
    Developers have long had challenges navigating the aggressively liberal agenda of the Minneapolis City Council, but for some, the move to cut police funding was the last straw. Since the violent unrest that broke over the summer after the police-involved death of George Floyd in May, local developer Kelly Doran said he expects about 10% to 20% vacancies in downtown apartment buildings that had just 2% to 3% vacancies in the last five years. Newer, modern buildings in the downtown area are also at 20% vacancy rates. As the city grapples with rising crime rates, simultaneous to droves of police retirements and a council vote to reimagine parts of traditional public safety, Doran believes a full economic recovery for Minneapolis will be slow. "They don’t seem to care," Doran said of the council. "I don’t know why anybody would seriously consider investing in the city." Minneapolis caught the spotlight...
    Still reeling from the left-wing backlash to his recent criticism of “defund the police,” former president Barack Obama (D) appeared on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show on Tuesday where he appeared to strike a conciliatory note by praising the activists behind the movement, calling them courageous and media savvy. But he also doubled down on his criticism of the actual slogan, saying that it can alienate potential Black Lives Matter allies. Obama’s laudatory words for “defund the police” activists come as major cities are experiencing soaring crime rates. New York City saw shootings more than double in November, according the an NY Police Department report. For the first 11 months of the year, shootings in the city have risen nearly 96 percent. In Los Angeles, homicides are up 25 percent from last year so far, while in Chicago, murders and shootings have increased more than 50 percent. Speaking to host...
    Savannah Rychcik December 16, 2020 0 Comments Former President Barack Obama is responding to the backlash over his criticism of the “defund the police” slogan. During an interview with the host of “The Daily Show” Trevor Noah Tuesday, Obama explained the difference between appeasing white Americans and speaking the truth about improving policing. He mentioned backlash he received from progressive lawmakers for suggesting some Democrats did not do well in the congressional elections because of the slogan. “That actually was not the point I was making. I was making a very particular point around if we, in fact, want to translate the very legitimate belief that how we do policing needs to change,” Obama said. “And that if there is for example a homeless guy ranting and railing in the middle of the street, sending a mental health worker rather than an armed untrained police officer to...
    Former President Barack Obama drilled down on his criticism of the phrase “Defund the Police,” saying in an interview that it gave pause “not just white folks, but Michelle’s mom,” referring to former First Lady Michelle Obama’s mother Marian Shields Robinson. During an interview with The Daily Show‘s Trevor Noah, President Obama tried to walk the line between respecting activists and sharpening the point on his recent controversial criticism of the movement to defund police. First, Obama clarified that his remarks were not an endorsement of the view that “Defund the police” cost Democrats seats in down-ballot elections, although he did not then weigh in on what he thought the political effect was one way or the other. He also spoke at length about the differing roles of activists and politicians. But the former president also responded directly to progressive critics of his remarks, telling Noah “I was making...
    After catching some heat regarding his criticism of the “Defund the Police” slogan, former president Barack Obama joined Trevor Noah on The Daily Show, giving him a chance to clarify his critique. Obama has joined several of the late-night hosts while promoting A Promised Land, but none managed to conduct a conversation as insightful and in-depth as Noah, who avoided softball questions and pressed the former president on racism and the Black Lives Matter movement. The two first discussed Obama’s new memoir, which he described as a way to “give people a sense of what it’s like to be in the White House as a normal person, finding themselves in extraordinary circumstances.” “We’re learning right now a vivid example of the fact that our democracy is not the way we would imagine it to be,” he added. “There are all kinds of elements to it where the most votes don’t necessarily...
    This year, America’s cities have experienced near-record levels of crime and violence. Philadelphia homicides are nearing an all-time high. Atlanta’s and Houston’s homicide rates are the cities’ highest in more than a decade, and in Los Angeles, the number of murders has increased 25% in one year. Why is this happening? First, the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated poverty, fear and despair. Second, the push to defund the police has alienated local law enforcement and put the safety of our communities in jeopardy. GEORGIA SHERIFFS SLAM 'DEFUND THE POLICE' SLOGAN AS BIDEN ARRIVES TO CAMPAIGN IN STATE: ‘IT’S CRAZY TALK’ Third, the majority of our society has been conditioned to believe that the cause of -- and solutions for -- poverty and other societal issues are beyond their control. Some of today’s left-leaning political activists and elites, for example, work to keep race as a divisive, front-and-center issue, peddling messages of...
    It wasn’t the first late-night interview of his book tour, nor the most freewheeling, but on Tuesday night, former President Barack Obama sat down for a long, virtual interview with The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah that was among the most insightful and revealing he’s done to date—especially when it came to the issues of systemic racism and Black Lives Matter. Obama, whose best-selling memoir A Promised Land chronicles his first presidential campaign and his first few years in office over more than 700 pages, began by letting Noah know that his wife Michelle has been listening to the book at 1.5x speed because he talks too slowly. “I was a little offended by that, but that’s OK,” he joked. “Look, the goal of the book was to give people a sense of what it’s like to be in the White House as a normal person, finding themselves in extraordinary circumstances,”...
    President-elect Joe Biden's nominees to run the Treasury Department held their first meeting Monday with racial and economic justice activists.  Treasury Secretary-designee Janet Yellen and Deputy Treasury Secretary-designee Wally Adeyemo "reaffirmed their commitment to placing racial equity at the center of economic recovery, focusing on the households, businesses and communities hardest hit by the pandemic, and to pursuing economic policies that address the long-term, systemic and structural issues that have led to the racial wealth gap and economic disparities that exist today," the Biden-Harris transition team said about the virtual roundtable. Among the participants were activists who have supported the "defund the police" movement, such as Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza, Color of Change President Rashad Robinson and National Director of the Working Families Party Maurice Mitchell.  DC POLICE INVESTIGATE AFTER BLM SIGN TORN, BANNER TORCHED AT HISTORIC BLACK CHURCHES AFTER PRO-TRUMP RALLIES Biden and other Democratic leaders have criticized the phrase...
    A trio of Georgia sheriffs on Tuesday spoke out against Democrats that have backed the controversial "defund the police" movement, labeling the push as "crazy talk." "We have to have money for police if we want better police," Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway said from the state Capitol just hours ahead of a scheduled visit by President-elect Joe Biden. Conway, who has worked in law enforcement for more than 40 years, accused Democrats of trying "to change the basic concept of police work." "All we've heard for months from the Democratic Party is 'defund the police,'" he said. "I understand that Joe Biden is talking the other way now, not wanting to 'defund the police' until after this election, but that doesn't change anything." Conway also slammed Democratic senatorial candidate Raphael Warnock, who he erroneously claimed "doesn't respect the police and has called us thugs." "I take that...
    ATLANTA — County sheriffs in Georgia publicly condemned Democrat plans for police reform Tuesday after President-elect Joe Biden told a group of civil rights leaders to avoid discussing police reform until after Georgia’s January 5 Senate runoff election. The sheriffs indicated that the “defund the police” movement is central to Democrat plans for police reform. They warned that if Democrat candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock win their runoff races, Republicans will lose their Senate majority and police will thereby lose their last line of defense for funding. Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway, speaking at a press conference Tuesday at Liberty Plaza, said, “All we’ve heard for months from the Democrat Party is ‘defund the police.’” “Now I understand Joe Biden’s talking the other way now, not wanting to talk about defunding the police until after this election, but that doesn’t change anything,” Conway continued. “The program by the...
    Three Georgia sheriffs spoke outside the state capitol to slam Democrats for pushing to defund the police as President-elect Joe Biden arrives in the state Tuesday to campaign for Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock. "We have to have more money for police if we want better police. It’s crazy talk to say you want to defund police," Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway said at the press conference livestreamed by the Georgia Republican Party. BIDEN, IN LEAKED AUDIO, SUGGESTS GOP 'BEAT THE LIVING H--- OUT OF US' OVER 'DEFUND THE POLICE' Their comments come after Biden told a group of civil rights leaders that calls among progressives to defund the police allowed the GOP to “beat the living hell” out of Democrats during the 2020 election cycle, according to leaked audio that surfaced last week. Republicans are attempting to paint Georgia's Democratic Senate hopefuls as too radical. "99.7% of the time we get it right, and...
    Democrats and political analysts are blaming “defund the police” and high Republican turnout — driven by enthusiasm for President Donald Trump — for their party’s losses in Orange County, California, in 2020, after riding a “blue wave” in 2018. Democrat Reps. Gil Cisneros (CA-39) and Harley Rouda (D-48) were part of the class of 2018 that saw Democrats sweep the former conservative stronghold. But in 2020, they were both unseated by Republicans — both Korean-American women. Cisneros and Rouda spoke to the Orange County Register about the reasons for their defeat: Cisneros noted that Trump galvanized his base in pockets of CA-39 where Republican registration still is high. In his hometown of Yorba Linda, for example, Cisneros said his team expected turnout of maybe around 75%. Instead, turnout was an unprecedented 90%. … Both Rouda and Cisneros said the pandemic also forced them to forgo door-to-door canvassing, which they felt had...
    (CNN)When former President Barack Obama warned Democrats against using a "snappy slogan" like "defund the police," the backlash from progressives was swift. Austin McCoy"If you believe, as I do, that we should be able to reform the criminal justice system so that it's not biased and treats everybody fairly, I guess you can use a snappy slogan, like 'defund the police,' but, you know, you lost a big audience the minute you say it, which makes it a lot less likely that you're actually going to get the changes you want done," Obama told Peter Hamby on Snapchat's "Good Luck America" earlier this month. Cori Bush, who made history last month by becoming the first Black woman to represent Missouri in Congress, tweeted, "It's not a slogan. It's a mandate for keeping our people alive."Jamaal Bowman, the newly elected US representative for New York, wrote, "In 2014, #BlackLivesMatter was too...
    Black Lives Matter DC activists complained on Sunday that the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) failed to protect them while continuing to call for defunding police. The apparently conflicting statements came during a press conference held in Black Lives Matter Plaza Sunday afternoon. Black Lives Matter DC Anthony Lorenzo Green said during the Sunday press conference that the mayor and police department failed “to protect the rights of D.C. residents” during the Stop the Steal Trump rally held in the nation’s capital on Saturday. ” Live BLM DC press conference on white… – Black Lives Matter DC #BLM #ChicagoProtest #ChicagoProtests #OlympiaProtests #NYCProtest #PDXProtests https://t.co/cyTmUzJ4ew — NoB1 (@NoB1konoB) December 13, 2020 “As we’ve witnessed for many months now during this uprising and for years in our own communities, MPD does not, cannot, will not keep us safe,” Green continued. In June, BLM DC listed defunding the police as one of its demands during...
              Joe Biden reportedly doesn’t want civil rights leaders to discuss defunding the police until after the Georgia U.S. Senate runoffs have concluded. This, for fear that such rhetoric will scare off Georgia voters and prevent Democrats from controlling the U.S. Senate next year. Friday’s New York Times reported that Biden said the following: “I also don’t think we should get too far ahead of ourselves on dealing with police reform in that, because they’ve already labeled us as being ‘defund the police’…Anything we put forward in terms of the organizational structure to change policing — which I promise you, will occur. Promise you. Just think to yourself and give me advice whether we should do that before Jan. 5.” As reported, U.S. Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) and U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), are on the January 5, 2021 ballot for the U.S. Senate...
    Colin Kaepernick, the free-agent quarterback turned athlete activist, partnered with Ben & Jerry’s to debut a new ice cream flavor on Thursday. Kaepernick said in a press release that he hopes his partnership with the ice cream company would raise the volume on his calls to abolish and defund the police. NFL RULES WOULDN’T ALLOW COLIN KAEPERNICK TO HELP COVID-19-STRICKEN BRONCOS “I'm honored to partner with Ben & Jerry's on Change the Whirled,” Kaepernick said. “Their commitment to challenging the anti-Black roots of policing in the United States demonstrates a material concern for the wellbeing of Black and Brown communities. My hope is that this partnership will amplify calls to defund and abolish the police and to invest in futures that can make us safer, healthier, and truly free.” The non-dairy ice cream is set to hit shelves in 2021. COLIN KAEPERNICK SAYS HE'S READY TO RETURN TO NFL “Colin...
    President-elect Joe Biden told a group of civil rights leaders that calls among progressives to defund the police allowed the GOP to “beat the living hell” out of Democrats during the 2020 election cycle, according to leaked audio that surfaced Thursday. Biden’s remarks came during a virtual meeting attended by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and prominent civil rights leaders, including NAACP President Derrick Johnson and Rev. Al Sharpton. During the call, Biden said public calls for police reform should be avoided ahead of the Georgia Senate runoff vote, the outcome of which will determine control of Congress’ upper chamber. “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’ anything we put forward in terms of the organizational structure to change policing – which I promise you, will occur. Promise you,” Biden said in...
    Loading the player... If you were thinking that Joe Biden would align with progressives on issues of police reform, you’d be wrong. In leaked audio of a recent conversation that the president-elect had with civil rights leaders, he said that combating police misconduct in departments around the country would need a measured response. Read More: Tuskegee Airmen letter throws support to Biden’s Defense nominee Gen. Lloyd Austin WILMINGTON, DELAWARE – DECEMBER 08: U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announces the members of his health team, including his pick for secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, at the Queen Theater December 08, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. With the novel coronavirus pandemic continuing to ravage the country with daily records for infections and deaths, members of Biden’s health team said they will make fighting COVID-19 the priority. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) The meeting was attended by Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris,...
    President-Elect Joe Biden said the “defund the police’ movement “beat the living hell” out of Democrats’ chances to win elections in Congress this cycle, according to audio from The Intercept. Biden made the comment on a Tuesday phone call with civil rights leaders, audio of which Intercept obtained and published Thursday. Biden has long opposed defunding the police, saying on the campaign trail that he supports increased funding to police to support additional training and specialized personnel. He argued Republicans used the slogan that swept the nation this spring and summer as a cudgel in congressional races. “That’s how they beat the living hell out of us across the country, saying that we’re talking about defunding the police. We’re not. We’re talking about holding them accountable,” Biden said according to the audio. (RELATED: Rising Violence Prompts Minneapolis City Officials To Consider Asking Nearby Officers For Support) President-elect Joe Biden and...
    Bradley Cortright December 10, 2020 0 Comments President-elect Joe Biden is urging civil rights leaders to reconsider how much attention they want to give the issue of police reform ahead of the Georgia Senate runoff elections in January.  In leaked audio from a Zoom call he had with civil rights leaders on Tuesday, obtained by The Intercept, Biden was heard urging attendees to hold off on calls for police reform in the run-up to the January 5 elections that will determine control of the U.S. Senate. “I also don’t think we should get too far ahead of ourselves on dealing with police reform in that,” Biden said, adding, “Because they’ve already labeled us as being ‘defund the police’ anything we put forward in terms of the organizational structure to change policing — which I promise you, will occur. Promise you.” He continued, “Just think to yourself and give me advice whether...
    President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenPennsylvania GOP leader on breaking with Trump on election: 'I'd get my house bombed tonight' GOP Texas senator questions 'legal theory' behind Trump's lawsuit to challenge state's election results Nearly 30 staffers, members of Michigan legislature tested positive for COVID-19 this year MORE privately warned a group of civil rights leaders to curb rhetoric about police reform in America ahead of the Georgia Senate runoff elections in January.  The leaders had been urging Biden to be aggressive in rolling back some of the Trump administration's policies via executive order during his early days in office, including on matters of voting and police misconduct. They also took issue with Biden's selection of Tom VilsackTom VilsackUSDA: Farm-to-school programs help schools serve healthier meals OVERNIGHT MONEY: House poised to pass debt-ceiling bill MORE as Agriculture secretary instead of choosing a person of color. That prompted Biden to warn the group that such forceful statements could backfire...
    President-elect Joe Biden told civil rights leaders in a meeting this week that Democrats embrace of the “defund the police” movement during the election “beat the hell out of us.” The former vice president in Tuesday’s virtual meeting warned them about getting “too far ahead of ourselves” by pursuing his campaign’s promise on reforming the police before the Senate runoff elections in Georgia on Jan. 5 that will decide which party will hold a majority in the chamber. “They’ve already labeled us as being ‘defund the police.’ Anything we put forward in terms of the organizational structure to change policing — which I promise you, will occur. Promise you,” Biden said, according to excerpts obtained by The Intercept.  “That’s how they beat the living hell out of us across the country, saying that we’re talking about defunding the police. We’re not,” Biden said. “We’re talking about holding them accountable....
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    Leigh Vogel/Getty Images In a leaked recording obtained by The Intercept, President-elect Joe Biden warned a number of civil rights leaders that pushing for police reform could hurt their party’s chances of winning the Georgia Senate runoffs and claimed that Republicans used the slogan “defund the police” to “beat the living hell out” of Democrats this year. On Tuesday, Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris joined a phone call with a number of prominent civil rights leaders, including the Rev. Al Sharpton, to discuss executive actions he could take to support racial equality in the United States. Although the call was meant to be private, someone evidently recorded it and shared it with The Intercept’s Ryan Grim. During the call, NAACP President Derrick Johnson warned that choosing Tom Vilsack to be secretary of agriculture would anger Black farmers because he fired Shirley Sherrod — a civil rights hero in the state and their former Director...
    Joe Biden told civil rights leaders, according to a Thursday report, that the 'defund police' slogan was the reason Democrats experienced widespread losses in congressional races across the country on November 3. 'That's how they beat the living hell out of us across the country, saying that we're talking about defunding the police,' Biden said during a two-hour closed-door meeting with civil rights leaders on Tuesday, according to audio of the meeting obtained by Bad News. More progressive factions of the Democratic Party have embraced the movement to defund law enforcement, which gained popularity over the summer following George Floyd's death. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has pushed the slogan, and establishment Democrats blame her and others for this rhetoric allowing Republicans to flip 14 House seats from blue to red.  Joe Biden told civil rights leaders during a closed-door meeting on Tuesday that the 'defund police' slogan is how Republicans...
    The Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved a budget early Thursday that will shift about $8 million from the police department toward violence prevention and other services - but will keep the mayor's targeted staffing levels for sworn officers intact. Mayor Jacob Frey, who'd threatened to veto the entire budget if the council went ahead with its plan to cap police staffing, said the vote was a defining moment for the city, which has experienced soaring crime rates amid calls to defund the police since the May 25 death of George Floyd. "We all share a deep and abiding reverence for the role our local government plays in service of the people of our city," Frey said. "And today, there are good reasons to be optimistic about the future in Minneapolis." The City Council had initially proposed to cut the city's authorized police force to 750 officers, down...
    Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza hit back after President Obama criticized the “defund the police” movement as a “snappy” slogan.  “What I want to hear from former President Barack Obama if he’s going to use his vast platform for these conversations, what I want to hear from President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, is: what are you going to do?” Garza asked in an interview for Politico’s Women Rule Capstone event. “And that’s what we haven’t heard amid all this hoopla about ‘defund the police.’” Democratic infighting broke out over “defund the police” and socialism after a lackluster performance in the House in November. “You lost a big audience the minute you say it,” Obama said of the anti-police effort, adding that “snappy” slogans may draw attention but it “makes it a lot less likely that you’re actually going to get the changes you want done.” “The...
    " Defund the police," which became a political rallying cry that brought the Democrat base out on the streets this summer, has turned into a major liability, with some party members now calling for an end to movement altogether. The radical proposal, with proponents arguing for a spectrum of policies ranging from fewer dollars allocated to law enforcement to the abolition of police departments altogether, gained steam in the wake of George Floyd's death in May. Once relegated to extremist left-wing magazines or college campuses, the policy debate quickly entered the mainstream, earning favorable coverage about its merits in outlets like the New York Times and the Atlantic. Support for the "defunding the police" saw an increase in support among those with college degrees living in cities, a critical Democrat constituency, with nearly 20% supporting the measure at one point this summer. Elite support transitioned into material policy...
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    Bradley Cortright December 6, 2020 0 Comments Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) believes his party has unfairly been tied to the ‘defund the police’ slogan despite few Democrats actually supporting the push. During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press” on Sunday, Manchin was asked why he believes President-elect Joe Biden faired better in the election than many down-ballot Democratic candidates.  “The bottom line is, we’ve been identified as something we’re not,” Manchin responded. “I’m a West Virginia Democrat — a proud West Virginia Democrat — and I don’t know of any Democrat, that I know of, that would ever defund the police.” He continued, “And how that got on as a mantra, that that’s a Democrat slogan, that’s not true. And how all these other things, that seem extreme, are not true. That’s not who we are. But, we were tagged with that. We were slow probably as a party...
    Defunding police is an idea that’s quickly come to the center of our discourse – the subject of countless dinner table conversations, media reports and social media threads. Despite the newfound attention, the actual policy has very little public support, with only 15 percent of Americans in favor of abolishing police, according to Gallup. And yet the broader sentiment behind the phrase – that we need to decrease instances of police brutality and rebuild trust between law enforcement and communities – is very popular. Significant, beneficial police reform is possible. It will aid both the police and the citizens they serve. But it requires courage, commitment, communication and creativity. It will also require resources.  JASON RANTZ: SEATTLE, PORTLAND EFFECTIVELY LEGALIZE DRUGS -- THIS MOVEMENT COULD BE COMING TO YOUR TOWN NEXT The vast majority of men and women of law enforcement do an amazing job, in, at times, very difficult situations. Now is not the...
    Former President Barack Obama sparked renewed debate among liberals when he criticized “Defund the Police” as a “snappy slogan” that became an obstacle to reform. What did civil rights hero John Lewis have to say about “Defund the Police” before he passed away? President Obama’s interview this week on Peter Hamby’s Good Luck America show on Snapchat included a pragmatic critique of the slogan, along with support for the reforms some of its adherents promote. “If you believe, as I do, that we should be able to reform the criminal justice system so that it’s not biased, and treats everybody fairly, I guess you can use a snappy slogan like ‘Defund the Police,’ but you know you’ve lost a big audience the minute you say it. Which makes it a lot less likely that you’re actually going to get the changes you want done,” Obama said in one portion of the interview. Those remarks sparked...
    Democrats should stop pressing “defund the police” and other hot-button social issues if they want to stay competitive in 2022, according to new research from longtime Democratic pollster Douglas Schoen. “The data says to me that if the Democrats go the progressive route they can lose the House and the Senate overwhelmingly in 2022,” Schoen told The Post. “The incoming Biden administration has to understand that unless they take a moderate path, that is a likely potential outcome for the Democrats.” Schoen is a longtime pollster for Mike Bloomberg, who worked on the billionaire’s fly-by-night presidential campaign. His firm, Schoen Cooperman Research, spoke to 1,000 respondents in a post-election poll between Nov. 8 and 9. When asked whether Joe Biden’s victory was a “mandate for centrist policies” or a “mandate for progressive policies,” 62% of respondents said centrist, compared to just 28% for progressive. The survey also found that...
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    The cry “Defund the Police” took centerstage in the Minneapolis city council during mid-summer 2020, and by November 2020 the big story became the city experiencing the most homicides since the mid-1990s. On June 12, 2020, Breitbart News reported the Minneapolis city council pledged unanimously to disband the city’s police department. The decision followed a pressure campaign spearheaded by Black Lives Matter activists and far-left Democrats to defund law enforcement in the wake of protests and riots over George Floyd’s death. On September 16, 2020, Breitbart News reported the city council that pledged to abolish the police was suddenly wondering where police had gone. Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) reported: “Just months after leading an effort that would have defunded the police department, City Council members at Tuesday’s work session pushed Chief Medaria Arradondo to tell them how the department is responding to the violence.” Violence and gunfire are raging in Minneapolis as officers leave...
    A Democratic congressman representing parts of New York City's wealthiest suburbs has defended defunding the police in poor communities, amid a recent crime surge in the city.  Rep-elect Jamaal Bowman, who won New York's 16th Congressional District seat, weighed in on the 'defund the police movement' in an interview with CNN's Dana Bash on Thursday.  Bash asked the congressman if he believed the campaign's rallying cry was 'bad messaging', following President Obama's recent comments criticizing the slogan.  Bowman, whose district covers parts of Westchester County, slammed critics' for focusing on the phrase rather than the cause, which he says calls for less law enforcement in poor areas plagued by a 'system of mass incarceration'  Scroll down for video  Rep-elect Jamaal Bowman, who won the 16th Congressional District seat, weighed in on 'defund the police movement' in an interview with CNN's Dana Bash on Thursday All four members...
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    Former President Barack Obama received criticism from Democrats this week for saying “Defund the Police” is a “snappy slogan.” During an interview with Peter Hamby on an episode of Good Luck America that aired Wednesday, Obama said: We take for granted if you want people to buy your sneakers that you’re gonna market it to your audience. If a musician drops a record, there’s gonna … try to reach a certain audiences speaking to folks where they are. It’s no different in terms of ideas. If you believe, as I do, that we should be able to reform the criminal justice system so that it’s not biased and treats everybody fairly, I guess you can use a snappy slogan like “Defund the Police,” but you know you’ve lost a big audience the minute you say it, which makes it a lot less likely that you’re actually gonna get the changes...
    ALEXANDRIA Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar have attacked Barack Obama for saying that "defund the police" is a "snappy slogan" that would alienate voters. Obama criticized the Defund The Police campaign in an interview with Peter Hamby, host of Snapchat's Good Luck America. 4Obama said 'defund the police' is a 'snappy slogan'Credit: Alamy Live News He accused anti-police activists of trying to please each other rather than push for policy changes that might appeal to the broader public. He said of the "snappy" slogan: "You lost a big audience the minute you say it, which makes it a lot less likely that you're actually going to get the changes you want done." He went on: "The key is deciding, do you want to actually get something done, or do you want to feel good among the people you already agree with?" Following the comments, fellow Democrats Omar and AOC slammed the former...
    On Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “The ReidOut,” host Joy Reid disagreed with former President Barack Obama’s criticism of “defund the police” as a slogan that loses supporters by maintaining that no one who “disagrees with defund the police was ever going to vote for any Democrat anyway,” and that defund the police “energized a lot of young voters.” Reid said, “I gently disagree with President Obama. I don’t think anybody who disagrees with defund the police was ever going to vote for any Democrat anyway, so I think it energized a lot of young voters.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
    Former President Barack Obama has come under fire by progressive Democrats after criticizing the 'defund the police' campaign and referring to the phrase as a 'snappy slogan.'  Obama weighed in on the police reform movement during an interview on Peter Hamby's Snapchat show Good Luck America that aired Wednesday morning.  The president told the host that 'snappy' slogans like 'defund the police' could alienate people and potentially undermine the cause.  'You lost a big audience the minute you say it, which makes it a lot less likely that you're actually going to get the changes you want done,' Obama said. 'The key is deciding, do you want to actually get something done, or do you want to feel good among the people you already agree with?'  Scroll down for video  All four members of The Squad, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib fired back at...
    On Wednesday’s episode of The View, co-host Sunny Hostin slammed Barack Obama’s opinion about the “defund the police” movement. The former president contends that broad rallying cries such as this contributed to losses in the 2020 elections cycle. During an interview with the Snapchat original show Good Luck America, Obama said “snappy” slogans can alienate people, theGrio previously reported.  “I guess you can use a snappy slogan like ”defund the police,’ but you know you loss a big audience the minute you say it, which makes it a lot less likely you’re going to get the changes you want done,” Obama said. READ MORE: Obama: Candidates lose support with ‘snappy’ slogans like ‘defund the police’ View this post on Instagram A post shared by The Shade Room (@theshaderoom) Hostin responded to Obama’s comments by noting that “I’m always loathe to criticize President Obama because I’m such a fan, but I do think he’s wrong...
    BOSTON (CBS) – “I guess you can use a snappy slogan, like ‘Defund the Police,’” said former President Barack Obama in a Snapchat interview Tuesday. “But, you know, you lost a big audience the minute you say it, which makes it a lot less likely that you’re actually going to get the changes you want done.” Obama becomes the latest top Democrat to wade into the party’s intramural post-election debate over the role terms like “defund the police” played in costing them seats in Congress and there’s little doubt he’s right. Republicans seized on that slogan after it emerged this summer and used it in ads to help win a number of races. One poll showed a “defund the police” Trump attack ad cut eight points off Joe Biden’s approval rating among Democrats who saw it. That’s why you won’t find any language about defunding the police in the...
    Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) issued a rebuttal after President Barack Obama expressed the belief that “snappy” slogans like “defund the police” lose supporters, contending that it is “not a slogan but a policy demand.” “We lose people in the hands of police. It’s not a slogan but a policy demand. And centering the demand for equitable investments and budgets for communities across the country gets us progress and safety,” Omar said in response to Obama’s remarks: We lose people in the hands of police. It’s not a slogan but a policy demand. And centering the demand for equitable investments and budgets for communities across the country gets us progress and safety. https://t.co/Vu6inw4ms7 — Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) December 2, 2020 The former president participated in an interview with Peter Hamby, host of the Snapchat show Good Luck America, and explained that “snappy” slogans — such as defund the police — lose people across the...
    "The View" co-host Sunny Hostin ripped former President Barack Obama on Wednesday for his critical words about the "defund the police" movement, saying the former community organizer should know better. "You know, I’m always loathe to criticize President Obama because I’m such a fan, but I do think he’s wrong here," said Hostin, a former federal prosecutor . "When you think about 'defund the police,' that’s not a term that was crowdsourced or tested in focus groups. You know, that's a term that was born, a rallying cry, out of this over-policing of Black and Brown communities." Obama drew fire from progressives after warning the party can alienate voters with "snappy slogans" like "defund the police." Some House Democrats have cited the movement as a key reason for their disappointing showing during the 2020 election, in which the party lost congressional seats in spite of President-elect Joe Biden's victory. PROGRESSIVE DEMS FIRE BACK AT OBAMA AFTER HE CRITICIZES 'DEFUND THE POLICE' MOVEMENT...
    Former President Barack Obama addresses President-elect Joe Biden supporters during a drive-in rally in Philadelphia on October 21, 2020. Former President Barack Obama is facing criticism from his supporters after he encouraged them to part ways with the phrase “defund the police.” The former community organizer appeared in an interview posted Wednesday on journalist Peter Hamby's Snapchat series "Good Luck America."  “If you believe as I do that we should be able to reform the criminal justice system so that it’s not biased and treats everybody fairly,” Obama said, “I guess you can use a snappy slogan like ‘defund the police, but you know you’ve lost a big audience the minute you say it, which makes it a lot less likely that you’re actually going to get the changes you want done.” The movement to defund or demilitarize the police pushes government officials to rethink how cities utilize police departments and reallocate a portion of...
    Bradley Cortright December 2, 2020 0 Comments Members of the so-call Democratic “squad” are firing back after former President Barack Obama (D) ripped “snappy slogans” such as “defund the police.” During an interview on Snapchat’s “Good Luck America” that aired on Wednesday, Obama suggested that the slogan had cost Democrats votes in the general election. His comments did not go over well with the member of the “squad,” Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), Ilham Omar (Minn.), and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.). Check out the reactions below: What if activists aren’t PR firms for politicians & their demands are bc police budgets are exploding, community resources are shrinking to bankroll it, & ppl brought this up for ages but it wasn’t until they said “defund” that comfortable people started paying attn to brutality— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 2, 2020 The whole point of protesting is to make ppl uncomfortable.Activists...
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    Joy Behar challenged “The View” co-host Sunny Hostin on Wednesday’s broadcast, saying the “defund the police” slogan was too vague to be as effective as many hoped. Hostin disagreed, beginning the segment with criticism for former President Barack Obama over his comments on the topic. WATCH: Obama stated that the “defund the police” slogan may have done more to alienate people than to rally them behind a coherent cause. (RELATED: ‘A Bulwark Against You’: Bill Maher Says Democrats Have Made Themselves Toxic To Half The Country) “I guess you can use a snappy slogan like ‘defund the police,’ but you know you’ve lost a big audience the minute you say it which makes it a lot less likely that you are actually going to get the changes you want done,” Obama said. Hostin said that, while she didn’t like to criticize Obama, she disagreed with his assessment. “When you...
    Rep.-elect Cori Bush (D-Mo.) and other progressive Democrats are pushing back against comments former President Obama made in a recent interview in which he warned that candidates could risk losing support from some voters by using “snappy” slogans like “defund the police.” “You lost a big audience the minute you say it, which makes it a lot less likely that you're actually going to get the changes you want done,” Obama said of "defund the police" in an interview with “Good Luck America” host Peter Hamby released early Wednesday. “The key is deciding, do you want to actually get something done, or do you want to feel good among the people you already agree with?” Obama added. The comments drew immediate pushback from Bush and other progressives after they first surfaced in an Axios report published Tuesday afternoon ahead of the interview’s release. “With all due respect, Mr. President—let’s talk about losing people. We...
    Violent carjackings shot up 537% in Minneapolis last month compared to data from last November as the city council continues to push defunding the police. Minneapolis police have recorded more than 125 carjackings over the last two months, with much of the crime being attributed to groups of teenagers, the Star Tribune reported Wednesday. “Within a one-hour period Saturday morning, police reported three separate carjackings in southeast Minneapolis, including one where an elderly woman was struck on the head. Such attacks are up 537% this month when compared with last November,” the Star Tribune reported. Local police previously hadn’t tracked carjackings in the city until Sept. 22 of this year because they were so uncommon. After retroactively tracking the crime, officials found that at least 375 carjackings occurred this year, with 17 just last week. Overall, there have been three times more carjackings this year than in...
    The View engaged in a pitched battle Wednesday following comments from former President Barack Obama criticizing “Defund the Police.” During the show’s second segment, co-host Sunny Hostin took issue with Obama remarking that “you’ve lost a big audience the minute you say [Defund the Police], which makes it a lot less likely that you are actually going to get the changes you want done.” “I’m always loathe to criticize President Obama because I’m such a fan, but I do think he’s wrong here,” Hostin said. “I mean, when you think about Defund the Police, that’s not a term that was crowd sourced, or tested in focus groups. That was a rallying cry of overpolicing of Black and Brown communities. Borne of frustration of seeing Black and Brown people killed by police officers. “And defunding the police does not mean — for the hundredth time I’ve explained it — it does...
    Former President Barack Obama warned social justice activists that using "defund the police" messaging could derail their attempts for change.  The primary goal of the movement, which was popularized in wake of the police killing of George Floyd, is to reallocate some funding away from police departments and into community programs. In an interview on Snapchat released Wednesday, Mr. Obama told "Good Luck America" host Peter Hamby that the rhetoric could turn off people, rather than convince them be a part of it.  "If you believe, as I do, that we should be able reform the criminal justice system so that it's not biased and treats everyone fairly, I guess you can use a snappy slogan like 'defund the police' but, you know, you lost a big audience the minute you say it, which makes it a lot less likely that you're actually going to get the changes you want done,"...
    Democratic members of the “Squad” in the House of Representatives slammed former President Barack Obama for coming out against the “defund the police” slogan in an interview that aired partially Tuesday night. “If you believe, as I do, that we should be able to reform the criminal justice system so that it’s not biased and treats everybody fairly, I guess you can use a snappy slogan like ‘defund the police,’ but you lost a big audience the minute you say it, which makes it a lot less likely that you’re actually going to get the changes you want done,” Obama said about the “Defund the Police” movement. The interview was hosted by Peter Hamby, who hosts a Snapchat political show and was released in full Wednesday. The comments caused members of the “Squad” to criticize Obama’s comments. Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar said on Twitter that defunding the police is...
    More On: barack obama Joe Biden ahead of Trump, Obama in naming key cabinet posts Obama has the skinny on aliens – but he’s not talking What Joe Biden could do to truly make a difference on homelessness Obama gives Drake ‘stamp of approval’ to play him in biopic Barack Obama trashed the “defund the police” movement — calling it a “snappy” catchphrase that’s more interested in making people “feel good” than creating change. The former president sounded off about police reform in two new interviews out this week. In one, with Vanity Fair contributor Peter Hamby, Obama is asked if he had words of advice for new-age activists who believe in the “defund the police” movement. “I guess you can use a snappy slogan, like Defund the Police, but, you know, you lost a big audience the minute you say it, which makes it a lot less likely...
    ATLANTA — The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) unveiled two ads on Wednesday, charging if Georgia Senate Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff were to win their Georgia Senate runoff elections, it would grant the far-left “unchecked power” to defund America’s law enforcement, grant amnesty to illegal aliens, and take over Americans’ health care. “If you vote for Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, who are you really putting in power,” the narrator in the NRSC ad asked rhetorically. “Nancy Pelosi, AOC, and Bernie Sanders. The far left, with complete, unchecked power, to defund the police, give amnesty to illegals, let government take over your health care, and push massive tax hikes.” ???? New NRSC ad in Georgia A vote for @Ossoff and @ReverendWarnock is a vote for Nancy Pelosi, AOC, and Bernie Sanders radical agenda. Theyre not fighting for Georgians. #GASen #gapol pic.twitter.com/BcvVmH9tpc — The Senate Majority (@NRSC) December 2,...
    Progressive Democrats took aim at former President Barack Obama after he argued that political candidates alienate voters when they use "snappy" slogans such as "defund the police." Obama made the comments during an interview with Peter Hamby on the Snapchat original political show "Good Luck America" that aired Wednesday morning.  "You lost a big audience the minute you say it, which makes it a lot less likely that you're actually going to get the changes you want done," Obama said. "The key is deciding, do you want to actually get something done, or do you want to feel good among the people you already agree with?" His comments drew a sharp rebuke from several progressive Democrats. BIDEN'S OMB PICK NEERA TANDEN ANGERS BERNIE SANDERS-ALLIED PROGRESSIVES "We lose people in the hands of police," Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., shot back. "It’s not a slogan but a policy demand. And centering the demand for equitable...
    Members of the self-styled Democratic “Squad” responded to President Barack Obama’s criticism of the slogan “Defund the Police” — which also prompted a mixture of strong reactions from other political and media figures on Twitter. President Obama’s comments — published in part Tuesday night, but aired in full Wednesday morning on Peter Hamby’s Good Luck America show on Snapchat — included a pragmatic critique of the slogan, along with support for the reforms its adherents promote. “If you believe, as I do, that we should be able to reform the criminal justice system so that it’s not biased, and treats everybody fairly, I guess you can use a snappy slogan like ‘Defund the Police,’ but you know you’ve lost a big audience the minute you say it. Which makes it a lot less likely that you’re actually going to get the changes you want done,” Obama said in one portion of the...
    Washington (CNN)Former President Barack Obama cautioned young activists against using the slogan "defund the police" to achieve changes in policing practices, instead urging them in a new interview to have a more inclusive discussion to better enact changes.In doing so, the former president, who still holds enormous influence in the Democratic Party and has voiced support for protesters in the aftermath of George Floyd's death, is taking a strong stance on a contentious phrase that is a dividing point among Democrats, and speaks to the friction between the more liberal wing of the party and President-elect Joe Biden's calls for a moderate path forward."If you believe, as I do, that we should be able to reform the criminal justice system so that it's not biased and treats everybody fairly, I guess you can use a snappy slogan like 'Defund The Police,' but, you know, you lost a big audience the...
    Rep. Ilhan Omar pushed back against former President Barack Obama after he referred to the phrase “defund the police” as a “slogan.” “We lose people in the hands of police,” the Minnesota Democrat tweeted in response to Obama’s comment from a recent interview in which he worried that “snappy phrases” including "defund the police” are ineffective. “It’s not a slogan but a policy demand. And centering the demand for equitable investments and budgets for communities across the country gets us progress and safety.” We lose people in the hands of police. It’s not a slogan but a policy demand. And centering the demand for equitable investments and budgets for communities across the country gets us progress and safety. https://t.co/Vu6inw4ms7— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) December 2, 2020 "I guess you can use a snappy slogan like 'defund the police,' but, you know, you lost a big audience the minute you say it,...
    Former President Barack Obama came out against the “defund the police” slogan in an interview that aired Wednesday morning, saying it has hurt Democrats already. “If you believe, as I do, that we should be able to reform the criminal justice system so that it’s not biased and treats everybody fairly, I guess you can use a snappy slogan like ‘defund the police,’ but you lost a big audience the minute you say it, which makes it a lot less likely that you’re actually going to get the changes you want done,” Obama said about the “Defund the Police” movement. The interview was hosted by Peter Hamby, who hosts a Snapchat political show. A Late Show with Stephen Colbert and guest Barack Obama during Tuesdays November 24, 2020 show. Image is a screen grab. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images) “If you instead say … let’s reform the police department...
    Loading the player... Former President Barack Obama contends that broad rallying cries like “defund the police” contributed to losses in the 2020 elections cycle.  On the Snapchat original show, Good Luck America, Obama said “snappy” slogans can alienate people.  Former President Barack Obama speaks at a Nov. 2 drive-in mobilization rally to get out the vote for Georgia Senate candidates on in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images) “You lost a big audience the minute you say it,” he contended, “which makes it a lot less likely that you’re actually going to get the changes you want done.”  In the video interview on the social media site, Obama said a challenge of a catchphrase like “defund the police” is that what it means defines police and criminal justice reform, which he confirms he supports.  Barack Obama tells Snapchats @PeterHamby that “snappy” slogans like “Defund the Police” arent very effective and...
    Madison Summers December 2, 2020 0 Comments Former President Barack Obama is sharing how he thinks the “snappy” slogans such as “defund the police” lose a “big audience.” Speaking with Peter Hamby on Snapchat’s “Good Luck America,” set to air in part on Wednesday morning, Obama said, “You lost a big audience the minute you say it, which makes it a lot less likely that you’re actually going to get the changes you want done,” according to Axios. He added, “The key is deciding, do you want to actually get something done, or do you want to feel good among the people you already agree with?” Obama also addressed why he thinks President Donald Trump gained support among young Black men in the 2020 presidential election. The former president said, “I think men generally are more susceptible to public figures who act tough, try to project a stereotypical macho style....
    Former President Barack Obama became the latest prominent Democrat to pour cold water on the “Defund the Police” slogan when he told an interviewer that the “snappy” mantra immediately loses large chunks of the electorate, and is an obstacle to the reforms it aims to enact. The former two-term president appeared on Peter Hamby’s Good Luck America show on Snapchat, in an interview that aired Wednesday morning. During that interview, Hamby asked President Obama about the slogan that Democrats like House Majority Whip James Clyburn have identified as a reason for the party’s poor showing in congressional races. “When you were a community organizer, a lot of the folks in the community you were dealing with really just kind of wanted modest change, they wanted to do better for their families,” Hamby said, and asked “If you’re a young activist today, and you believe really passionately in a slogan...
    BARACK Obama has slammed the Defund The Police movement - saying it made white people fear African-Americans will "get out of control". The former president also said the controversial slogan - endorsed by some Democrats - actually made it harder to reform police forces. 5Barack Obama criticized the Defund The Police campaign in interviews to promote his bookCredit: Snapchat/Good Luck America 5He said the slogan actually made it harder to achieve police reformCredit: Getty Images - Getty Defund The Police became a rallying cry for left-wing activists in the summer following Black Live Matter protests. After several police forces across the US were accused of killing and brutalising black citizens, campaigners wanted their budgets slashed or for them to be dismantled altogether. Obama joined other senior Democrats who say that only served to alienate the majority of voters. He told CNN analyst April Ryan he first realized the contempt many...
    Former president Barack Obama has criticized the usage of the 'defund the police' slogan and warns that the 'white population' is fearful that the 'African American community' will get out of control with police reform.  Obama made the remarks in two separate interviews, one with CNN analyst April Ryan and the other for a segment on Peter Hamby's Snapchat show Good Luck America.  The interview with Hamby is set to air Wednesday morning and shows Obama telling the host that 'snappy' slogans like 'defund the police' can alienate people. 'You lost a big audience the minute you say it, which makes it a lot less likely that you're actually going to get the changes you want done,' Obama told Hamby, according to Axios.  Scroll down for video   Former president Barack Obama (pictured) has criticized the usage of the 'defund the police' slogan in an interview set to air on Wednesday...
    Former President Barack Obama had some harsh criticism for the “Defund the police” movement in an online interview scheduled to be released in three parts this week. “You lost a big audience the minute you say it,” Obama said of the anti-police effort, adding that “snappy” slogans may draw attention but it “makes it a lot less likely that you’re actually going to get the changes you want done.” Obama made the remarks in a conversation with Peter Hamby, host of Snapchat’s “Good Luck America.” Part 1 of the three-part Obama interview is scheduled to be posted at 6 a.m. ET Wednesday, with the other parts set for release Thursday and Friday, Axios reported. In the interview, Obama accused anti-police activists of trying to please one another – rather than push for policy changes that might appeal to a broader range of the public. OBAMA: 'WHITE POPULATION' FEAR THAT 'AFRICAN...
    Former President Barack Obama says "snappy" slogans like "defund the police" should be avoided because they can alienate people. "We take for granted that, if you want people to buy your sneakers, that youre going to market it to your audience, right?" he told Vanity Fair contributor Peter Hamby in an interview that will air Wednesday morning at 6 a.m. ET on Snapchat. "We take for granted that if a musician drops a record, that theyre going to try to reach certain audiences by speaking to folks where they are. Its no different in terms of ideas, right?" "So, if you believe, as I do, that we should be able to reform the criminal justice system so that its not biased and treats everybody fairly, I guess you can use a snappy slogan, like defund the police, but, you know, you lost a big audience the minute you say it,...
    Former President Barack Obama criticized calls to defund the police made by some members of the Democratic Party following a series of high-profile, police-involved deaths of black men. Obama said the push to defund law enforcement within his own party turned off millions of voters in the United States, which will make it more difficult to enact lasting policy changes. "You lost a big audience the minute you say it, which makes it a lot less likely that you're actually going to get the changes you want done," Obama said on political talk show Good Luck America, which runs on Snapchat, according to an advance copy of the interview obtained by Axios. The interview will premiere at 6 a.m. on Wednesday. Obama downplayed large voting gains made by President Trump among black and Hispanic voters in the 2020 election, suggesting Trump's performance was due to his...
    Former President Barack Obama says “snappy” slogans like “Defund the Police” should be avoided because they can alienate people. “We take for granted that if you want people to buy your sneakers, that you’re going to market it to your audience, right? We take for granted that if a musician drops a record, that they’re going to try to reach certain audiences by speaking to folks where they are. It’s no different in terms of ideas, right?” he told Vanity Fair contributor Peter Hamby in an interview that will air Wednesday morning at 6 a.m. EST on Snapchat. “So if you believe, as I do, that we should be able to reform the criminal justice system so that it’s not biased and treats everybody fairly, I guess you can use a snappy slogan, like Defund the Police, but, you know, you lost a big audience the minute you say it, which...
    Former President Obama said political candidates lose support when using “snappy” slogans like “defund the police,” in an interview scheduled to be released Wednesday. Obama told Peter Hamby, who hosts a Snapchat political show “Good Luck America,” that those who use the slogan could jeopardize their goals of enacting meaningful reforms for police. "You lost a big audience the minute you say it, which makes it a lot less likely that you're actually going to get the changes you want done," the former president said in the interview scheduled to go live at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, according to Axios. "The key is deciding, do you want to actually get something done, or do you want to feel good among the people you already agree with?" Obama added.  The former president’s comments align with other top Democrats who have considered the phrase to be damaging to the Democratic Party.  House...
    Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said he’s “never met” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after she launched a feud with him on defunding the police. “I guess she put the dagger stare on me,” Manchin told the New York Times. “I don’t know the young lady — I really don’t. I never met her. I’m understanding she’s not that active with her bills or in committee. She’s more active on Twitter than anything else.” The comment comes after Manchin tweeted in support of not defunding the police on Nov. 11. “Defund the police? Defund, my butt,” Manchin tweeted. “I’m a proud West Virginia Democrat. We are the party of working men and women. We want to protect Americans & jobs & healthcare. We do not have some crazy socialist agenda, and we do not believe in defunding the police.” Ocasio-Cortez hit back at the tweet with a photo of herself staring...
    A founding member of the Black Lives Matter Global Network said President-elect Joe Biden “capitalized” off of the group’s efforts to defund the police. Biden “capitalized on our efforts to defund the police, and then tried to condemn the words at the same time,” Dr. Melina Abdullah said last week, according to the Daily Wire. “We want to be very clear that as we happily usher out the Trump regime, we will not accept liberal white supremacy in the White House in the form of Joe Biden,” Abdullah said. Abdullah is the lead organizer of the BLM Los Angeles chapter and made the remarks outside of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s home during a protest. “It doesn’t matter to me that Kamala Harris is your vice president if you’re using her black woman body to usher in oppressive systems and oppressive people like Eric Garcetti,” she...
    A founding member of the Black Lives Matter Global Network accused former Vice President Joe Biden of capitalizing “on our efforts to defund the police.” The organizer of the group’s BLM Los Angeles chapter said Biden also tried to condemn the effort at the same time. Former Vice President Biden “capitalized on our efforts to defund the police, and then tried to condemn the words at the same time,” BLM Los Angeles chapter lead organizer Dr. Melina Abdullah said during a Tuesday morning protest, according to the Daily Wire. Abdullah’s comments came at the beginning of a series of protests this week outside the home of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Carcetti. The protests have a stated goal of depriving the city’s mayor an appointed position in a potential Biden-Harris administration. Biden repeatedly claimed to be against the Defund the Police movement. “I not only don’t want to defund the police, I’m...