There is a growing backlash over the whole Black Lives Matter/Antifa movement lately. The whole “Defund The Cops” is quickly being replaced with a more sensible, more measured approach of, “Let’s talk about reforms”. And apparently, it has the uber-leftist snowflakes out there writhing in pain.
As the nation watches where cities have opted to move money away from police departments and more toward “social programs” like low-income housing and job training for under-educated and under-employed folks, it becomes pretty evident that the whole thing about replacing the cops isn’t going to make it.
Back when the whole Floyd alleged murder (no one has been found guilty of it yet, thus it is STILL alleged!) by a white police officer, some 54% of Republicans and right-leaning Independents felt that racial discrimination in this country was a “big problem”. After three weeks of looting and rioting, and the whole CHAZ/CHOP thing, that number dropped to 40%.
In early June some 40% of Republicans said they felt the anger of the protesters, and kinda sorta agreed with them. That number today stands at 18%.
So what changed?
Actually, I think America got tired of seeing their streets turned into war zones. But the overriding factor may have been Goya Foods CEO, Robert Unanue, who appeared at the White House with Donald Trump and was roundly criticized by the “woke” community. In fact, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who sometimes shoots first and asks questions later, decided that Goya ought to be boycotted because of his appearance with Trump.
That prompted a reply from the conservatives who are giving Goya it’s the best quarter ever in the middle of a pandemic. People are ordering cases of Goya products and having them shipped to food banks all over the country.
You’ve got those 153 authors that have asked that the cancel culture shut the hell up and take the slow road (this is JK Rowling’s group). And you’ve got Democrats that are always on board with their own starting to back away from red-state Senate candidates like Gary Peters in Michigan, and Mark Kelly, here in Arizona. Both guys have had a ton of negative press coverage. Both have backed Medicare For All programs, and Kelly actually endorsed Bernie Sanders in the Presidential Preference Poll Democrats held back in the spring. Both are seeing huge drops in their poll numbers.
And the race for the White House is tightening. After Joe Biden got on board with an uber-liberal website saying that he backed defunding police departments in places like Minneapolis and New York, polls came out showing that 40% of Americans feel that the funding for police should stay the same, and 31% felt the funding should actually be increased. That puts Biden on the wrong side of the fence.
Two presidential polls (and yes…they are national polls, so take the results with a grain of salt), Reuters/IPSOS and Hill-Harris show that the race is already tightening which is starting to worry the Biden campaign. The last thing they want is to have to put Biden out on the trail BEFORE he actually gets the nomination next month. But they may have no choice.
In the end, you’re going to have stumbling, bumbling Joe Biden vs. a loose cannon in Donald Trump. Neither are well-polished, and both are severely lacking in a ton of areas. It should be a fun ride to watch!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!