Trump Wrongly Suggests Biden Supports Defunding The Police In Fox News Interview


In an excerpt from a Fox News interview released Friday, President Trump falsely claimed that Joe Biden supports "defunding the police" and signed a "charter" with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) supporting the progressive rallying cry, in what appears to be an attempt by the president to pin the controversial idea on his opponent to make him appear more radical.

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A Trump campaign ad released last week misleadingly tied Biden to the defund the police movement. "Joe Biden's supporters are fighting to defund police departments," text on the Trump campaign ad reads. "Violent crime has exploded. You won't be safe in Joe Biden's America."

Key background

" Defund the police" became a rallying cry for some protesters in the aftermath of George Floyd's death. But the phrase's meaning is loosely defined, making it an easy target for Republicans. In its most basic definition, it means reducing police department budgets and redistributing those funds to other resources. To some supporters, that can mean zeroing-out police budgets while to others, that means simply redirecting some funds. Some activists argue the U.S. spends too much on policing, and not enough on welfare. Other proponents say localities should reduce the responsibilities we expect of police, and, for instance, send mental healthcare workers to deal with drug users instead of police.

What to watch for

The full Fox News interview with Trump will air on Sunday.

Crucial quote

Trump's comments attempting to pin Biden to the defund the police movement came after Wallace asked the president why crime has risen in cities like Chicago and New York. "I explain it very simply by saying they're Democrat-run cities, they are liberally run. They are stupidly run."

Further reading

The 'Defund The Police' Movement Is Sweeping The Country-Here's What It Really Means ( Forbes)

Trump ad falsely suggests Biden supports defunding police ( Washington Post)

Biden says he doesn't support defunding police (CNN)

Biden-Bernie Sanders Unity Task Forces release DNC platform recommendations (ABC News)

Ady Barkan Endorses Joe Biden for President ( New York Times)

Chris Wallace previews 'Fox News Sunday' exclusive Trump interview: 'We talked about everything' (Fox News)


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