(TheFreedomFlag.com)- While Democrats fall over one another to endorse the abolition of the police, far-left socialist senator for Vermont, Bernie Sanders, has said he doesn’t support the measure.
Sanders, who lost the Democratic presidential race to Hillary Clinton in 2016 and will lose it this year to Joe Biden, told the New Yorker on Tuesday that he doesn’t support abolishing police departments despite standing on the most left-wing platform of any major-party presidential candidate.
“Do I think we should not have police departments in America? No, I don’t,” he said. “There’s no city in the world that does not have police departments. What you need are, I didn’t call for more money for police departments. I called for police departments that have well-educated, well-trained, well-paid professionals.”
Sanders said that he thinks police officers take jobs at low payment, don’t have sufficient education, and don’t have the training they need. That’s a sentiment that many people, Republicans and Democrats, can probably agree on.
Interestingly, though, Sanders seemed to think that police officers can be paid more and better trained without giving more money to the police. President Donald Trump has committed to ensuring police departments get all the resources they need, but Sanders said he thinks we need to “redefine” what the police do.
“Give them the support they need to make their jobs better defined,” he said. “So I do believe that we need well-trained, well-educated, and well-paid professionals in police departments.”
Sanders isn’t the only one to refuse to defund the police, too. Presumptive Democratic candidate Joe Biden recognizes that promising to defund the police would end his campaign overnight, and committed in a statement that he wouldn’t do it.
“Biden does not believe that police should be defunded,” his campaign surrogates announced. “He hears and shares the deep grief and frustration of those calling out for change, and is driven to ensure that justice is done and that we put a stop to this terrible pain.”
Biden and Sanders might reject the idea of defunding the police, but they haven’t necessarily rejected the movement behind it – something that the Trump campaign has already picked up on.
“Defunding the police is exactly what this movement means,” Tim Murtaugh of the Trump campaign told the press. “Joe Biden is complicit in this and he does not have the strength to stand up to the extremists that are now calling the shots in the party, and he would contribute to the chaos.”
Hey, here’s a thought. Who thinks that it’s likely Sanders came out and endorsed the same position as Biden to try and ensure his far-left attack dog supporters stick by Biden in the election?