When it comes to public safety in this nation, the answer is not ‘defund the police,’ it’s ‘fund the police.”President Biden during remarks announcing a new initiative — the Safer America Plan.
Why It Matters: The president gave his first substantial public speech on this plan, highlighting a few components on how to "make America safer" ahead of midterm elections — through more support for police, stricter gun laws, and "upholding the rule of law" (referencing what he described as Republican support for the Capitol Hill riot on January 6, 2021).
- President Biden is the leader of the Democratic party. This platform shows the Democratic party's positioning ahead of critical midterm elections which will decide the balance of power in the House of Representatives as well as the Senate (both with Democrat majorities right now).
- His remarks on police funding matter, as some prominent Democrats — such as Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) — have aligned themselves with the "defund the police" movement.
- The president delivered these remarks in Pennsylvania, where a Senate seat is up for grabs; the Democrat candidate for Senate did not attend the event.
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