Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden is on a roll this week, successfully alienating millions of Americans in only a few public statements. His latest policy position isn’t doing him any favors with his moderate Democrat base. Biden made the strategic decision to align himself with anti-law enforcement activists, and it’s turning police unions against him.
Politico reported on Thursday that Bill Johnson, executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations, expressed frustration with Biden’s reversal of his previously strong support of police unions.
“For Joe Biden, police are shaking their heads because he used to be a stand-up guy who backed law enforcement,” Johnson said. “But it seems in his old age, for whatever reason, he’s writing a sad final chapter when it comes to supporting law enforcement.”
Biden has been hiding in his basement for weeks, and emerged for the first time this week to take a strong stance against law enforcement. Politico continued, “In his first public speech in months, Biden on Tuesday focused on race, highlighted the rights of protesters and offered up police reforms. He made only a passing mention of police officers.”
Johnson is the leader of an organization that represents over 200,000 police officers nationwide, and his comments on Biden’s lack of support speak volumes. Biden has “made a lot of changes the way candidates do during the primary process, but he kept moving left and fell off the deep end,” Johnson lamented.
The Trump campaign didn’t hesitate to capitalize on Biden’s weakness, accusing Biden of not saying “a single word on one of the most horrific aspects of the bloodshed: attacks by rioters and looters, sometimes fatal, on police officers in the line of duty protecting innocent Americans.”
Jim Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police, chimed in, pointing out Biden’s severe shift to the left during the 2020 election cycle:
There are two evolutions in two directions. On law-and-order issues, Biden was right of center: the ‘94 crime bill, the Brady law and enhanced penalties. But as time has gone by, his positions have moderated, moderated, moderated to where we are today, where he would not be considered a law-and-order guy in the sense that law enforcement sees it.
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