Trump and Biden Agree: Don’t Defund the Police

Thursday, 11 Jun, 2020

"He barely won and he has done nothing at all to grow out his support", said Sam Nunberg, who advised Trump early in his first campaign.

"Trump was facing tougher political prospects even before the death of George Floyd, the black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee for nearly nine minutes into Floyd's neck last month", Lemire and Miller explain.

According to Gallup, the president's approval among Republicans dropped to 85%, as compared to 39% among independents and 5% among Democrats.

The criticism comes as the nation faces a trio of crises: widespread protests over police violence against black men and women, the coronavirus pandemic and a sharp economic downturn.

According to Isenstadt, the sudden move back into the public eye may also be a conscious effort by the President to create a distinction between his campaign and Biden's, who doesn't seem so inclined to resume in-person campaign stops.

The report from McLaughlin & Associates said that the poll was under-sampling Republicans in order to strengthen the appearance of the support for the Democrats.

"I don't see how", one adviser said.

Trump and Biden Agree: Don’t Defund the Police
Trump and Biden Agree: Don’t Defund the Police

Over the weekend, Washington mayor Muriel Bowser renamed the stretch of 16th Street NW that leads to Lafayette Square as "Black Lives Matter Plaza" and painted the words "Black Lives Matter" onto the street.

Donald Trump plans to start holding campaign rallies in person again in the next two weeks, despite the coronavirus pandemic continuing in the United States and experts warning about the public health dangers of crowding at events.

President Trump responded by calling Powell "highly overrated".

The statement did not identify participants in the roundtable, but said they would hail from Dallas. "And, too often around this country right now, you have police officers who take the job at very low payment, don't have much education, don't have much training - and I want to change that", he continued.

The campaign spokesman said Biden believes funding is necessary to improve policing, including "community policing programs that improve relationships between officers and residents".

Biden and his wife, Jill, traveled to Houston on Monday to meet family members before the funeral of Floyd, who died in a police-involved incident in Minneapolis on May 25. "We need to implement real community policing and ensure that every police department in the country undertakes a comprehensive review of their hiring, their training, and their deescalation practices, with the federal government providing the tools and resources needed to implement reforms".