There was never a doubt that he’d end up taking this position. The doubt lies in how much of his progressive base will support him on it.
"Biden does not believe that police should be defunded. 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 supports the urgent need for reform…" pic.twitter.com/k0IConBSj3
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) June 8, 2020
Biden’s forever having to balance pandering to suburbanites with pandering to lefties. With a proposal as extreme as defunding the local PD he has no choice but to put suburbanites first. Trump knows it too and is probably going to go on hollering that Biden wants to abolish the police even after today’s statement. It’s no-lose for POTUS: Motivated progressives will ignore Trump and focus on Biden’s actual position, to their annoyance, whereas more casual centrist voters might be misled by the president into believing that Biden really does prefer the radical option.