Since the death of George Floyd, Democrats have pushed this notion of "defunding the police." They have worked overtime to make sure Americans know "defunding" doesn't mean abolishing law enforcement agencies in their entirety. In their eyes, it's about shifting funds from police departments to other necessary services, like education and social workers.
For whatever reason, the mainstream media is making the argument that Biden is not in favor of defunding the police. By Democrats' own standards and definitions, he is in favor of defunding the police and reallocating funds that would otherwise go towards police departments to other services.
Just watch his interaction with Ady Barkan from Now This:
Joe Biden said he wants to defund the police.— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) July 19, 2020
Since people are taking issue with that statement of fact, let’s review what he was asked & said.
Barkan: “Can we agree that we can redirect some of the funding [from the police]?”
Biden: “Yes, absolutely”pic.twitter.com/qPp5oX0o7A
Even Black Lives Matter's Managing Director, Kailee Scales, reaffirmed what "defunding" means:
If #BLM says 'Defund the Police' means "divesting resources"..— Jenn Pellegrino OAN ???? (@JennPellegrino) July 18, 2020
And Biden asserts "YES," he proposed reform to redirect police funding..
Can anyone explain Chris Wallace's so-called "fact-check" on @realDonaldTrump? By BLM definition, Biden supports defunding the police. @OANN pic.twitter.com/8q9Kkrhu1D
As President Trump said on Saturday, Joe Biden may not have said "defund the police," but he used the very phrases and verbiage the Democrats are using surrounding this issue.
Corrupt Joe Biden wants to defund our police. He may use different words, but when you look at his pact with Crazy Bernie, and other things, that’s what he wants to do. It would destroy America!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2020
Democrats must have realized "defunding the police" doesn't sit well with many Americans, including blacks. Just look at what Bevelyn Beatty, a pro-life black woman, said about the entire thought.