Everyone to the right of AOC already knows this is true but it’s noteworthy that the president-elect would acknowledge it so bluntly. Especially to an audience of activists who are sure to be more receptive to the “defund the police” message than the average voter.
It’ll be interesting to see if that message is more muted, or metamorphoses, during Biden’s presidency. Not because he’s urging people to lay off it but because Democrats’ terrible night downballot on November 3 was what it was. Radicalism is a liability for them, they’ve been reminded. If they had nominated someone for president other than Sleepy Joe, they probably would have lost that race too.
I don’t know that George W. Bush has weighed in yet on defunding the police but I’m going to guess that he’s against it. And if he is, that’s a clean sweep of presidents elected this century who are, at least rhetorically. Biden made the case to civil rights leaders on a conference call that it’s one thing to want other agencies to take over some police functions that don’t involve catching bad guys and another to imply with your sloganeering that you want to slash police budgets willy nilly.