Back in April, I wrote about then presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden’s Killer B’s problem. I believed then, and still believe today, these “Killer B’s” are going to be a detriment to his campaign. They were: Bimbo eruptions, Burisma, Biden himself and finally Barack Obama.
The death of George Floyd by literally the knee of a rogue Minneapolis police officer, and the looting and rioting we witnessed after peaceful demonstrations, has added what I believe is a fifth “Killer B.” That fifth Killer B is Black Lives Matter.
Black Lives Matter champions defunding, or in some disturbing cases, disbanding police departments altogether. In a shocking vote last Sunday night, the Minneapolis city council voted in a veto proof majority to do just that. Minneapolis city council president Lisa Bender:
“In Minneapolis and in cities across the US, it is clear that our system of policing is not keeping our communities safe,” said Lisa Bender, the Minneapolis city council president, at the event. “Our efforts at incremental reform have failed, period. Our commitment is to do what’s necessary to keep every single member of our community safe and to tell the truth: that the Minneapolis police are not doing that. Our commitment is to end policing as we know it and to recreate systems of public safety that actually keep us safe.”
Like most liberal ideas that aren’t very well thought out and are based strictly on emotion, Bender struggled to answer the simple question of what happens if someone breaks into my house in the middle of the night?
“I mean, I hear that loud and clear from a lot of my neighbors. And I know — and myself, too, and I know that that comes from a place of privilege. Because for those of us for whom the system is working, I think we need to step back and imagine what it would feel like to already live in that reality where calling the police may mean more harm is done.”
The Biden campaign released a statement yesterday declaring the Democrat presidential nominee does not support defunding or disbanding the police.
This sets up a clear conflict between Biden and Black Lives Matters and their supporters, the millennial African American demographic he’s had trouble attracting and who he needs this fall to have any chance of winning the presidency.
“No, I don’t support defunding the police. I support conditioning federal aid to police based on whether or not they meet certain basic standards of decency and honorableness. And, in fact, are able to demonstrate they can protect the community and everybody in the community.”
If and when Biden loses in the fall to President Trump, I think we’ll be able to look back and say the pivotal moment that contributed to his loss was the vote on Sunday night by the Minneapolis city council.
This election will be won in eight or nine swing states that are mostly in the Midwest. I find it very difficult to believe that White, independent or moderate voters in the suburbs – especially women – will ever support defunding the police.
Biden will lose their support just like he’s losing support from the nation’s police officers:
“Clearly, he’s made a lot of changes the way candidates do during the primary process, but he kept moving left and fell off the deep end,” said Bill Johnson, executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations, the umbrella organization for Police Benevolent Association chapters. “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.”
Democrats need unity within their various constituencies in order to be successful and the “Killer B” of Black Lives Matter is a fly in that ointment. It is going to be so entertaining this summer watching the Democratic party infighting!