Neither does most Americans including most Democrats…
The issue is a non-starter with a large amount of lawmakers around the country…
The media attention for some police shooting situations around the country does NOT cancel out the need for Americans to have a law enforcement presence in their neighbourhoods…
…..While most Democrats share the outrage over the deaths of Floyd, Daunte Wright, Breonna Taylor and a seemingly ever-growing list of Black Americans killed by police, they diverge sharply over whether defunding the police is the solution — or simply a phrase that will cost Democrats elections and leave them without the power to foment change.
“I mean, this defund the police was just a terrible drag on the Democratic Party. It really was. Don’t kid yourself,” veteran Democratic strategist James Carville told Bill Kristol in an interview for the Weekly Standard earlier this month.
President Biden defeated former President Trump in the 2020 presidential election, though the contest was close in key swing states. Democrats also retook the Senate after the party won two runoff races in Georgia in early January.
But those successes masked other failures down the ballot for the party.
Democrats lost seats in the House and lost Senate races in states where they thought they had a chance, including North Carolina and Montana. At least some officials blame those losses on the defund the police debate.
Republicans believe the defund the police narrative is a political gift they can use again to win over swing voters and to energize their own political base.
“This is music to the Republican minority’s ears in Washington,” said GOP strategist Ford O’Connell. “That is more powerful for Republicans than any perfectly scripted message.”….