Powered by Topple

Donald Trump Jr. confronts Joe Biden over comments on police brutality

Powered by Topple

Get the latest BPR news delivered free to your inbox daily. SIGN UP HERE.


Donald Trump Jr. confronted former Vice President Joe Biden with a reality check on his political career following his call for action against police brutality.

President Donald Trump’s eldest son fired a jab at the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee on Tuesday, tweeting a response to his post about needing action and reform.

“Let me be clear: We can’t leave this moment and once again turn away and do nothing. We need justice. We need action. We need reform,” Biden wrote on Twitter.

“Give me a break!!!” Trump Jr. responded in a tweet, wondering what Biden had been doing “the first 50 years of your Washington DC career.”

Biden has repeatedly come under fire for his lack of action on reforms while he served two terms as vice president from 2009 to 2017 under former President Barack Obama and his tenure as  U.S. Senate representing Delaware from 1973 to 2009.

His critics have also slammed his support of a 1994 crime bill, which came up frequently during the primary debates against his Democratic opponents. The controversial bill led to stiffer penalties and mass incarcerations that affected large numbers of African-Americans.

With the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody, two weeks of violent unrest engulfed the nation as demands for justice and reform created a common theme for protesters. A more radical move by the left has begun advocating for the defunding of police departments across the nation, and, in cases like the city of Minneapolis, a complete dismantling of the current system of law enforcement.

The president slammed Democrats who have supported the radical idea, adding Biden’s name to a tweet on the issue.

But Biden, who recently lectured Americans on how those voting for Trump “ain’t black,” sought to distance himself from the movement.

“I don’t support defunding the police,” the former vice president told “CBS Evening News” on Monday. “I support conditioning federal aid to police based on whether or not they meet certain basic standards of decency, honorableness and, in fact, are able to demonstrate they can protect the community, everybody in the community.”

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas was joined by several other Republicans in introducing a resolution opposing the move to defund police as well as to seek justice for Floyd.

Several of Biden’s proposed reforms were included in a bill introduced by House and Senate Democrats Monday amid a grandstanding spectacle of lawmakers sporting traditional African Kente cloth. The Justice in Policing Act proposes sweeping legislation aimed at limiting some of the legal protections for police while increasing their accountability.

Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, who represents the state of Minnesota where the protests over the death of Floyd began, supported calls to “dismantle” the Minneapolis Police Department because it is “rotten to the root.”

Trump Jr. challenged Democrats pushing to abolish or cut funding for police departments, calling them out in a tweet directing them to back their rhetoric by cutting their own security to show they are serious.

Trump Jr.’s tweet on Tuesday calling out Biden for his failed decades of meaningful reform was echoed by many other Twitter users.

 

Frieda Powers

Comments

Latest Articles