President Joe Biden began his Thursday by signing a trio of bipartisan bills designed to aid law enforcement agencies across the country. Meanwhile, his Department of Justice announced $139 million in grants to hire more than 1,000 police officers.
It was a far cry from the “defund the police” movement that resonated in Democratic circles just a few months ago, and Biden said as much in his comments during the signing ceremony.
“It’s going to require more resources, not fewer resources,” the president said of police funding. “That’s why my administration is investing in the community policing we know works.”
In many ways, the scene was more reminiscent of the 1990s tough-on-crime era than the defund movement of 2020, as Democrats continue to distance themselves from the slogan.
“Take a look at President Biden’s record. He’s