Voting Democrats like law and order, too; to say nothing of the crucial swing voters, Independents, Libertarians and Green Party members. Democrats need every vote to win in November.
Efforts to reform policing in America cannot coincide with a breakdown of law and order.
The sharp rise in violence in several major cities, the uptick in highly-publicized instances of rioting, looting, arson and vandalism: These things are not making efforts to reform policing in America any easier.
In fact, this trend is badly hurting serious efforts to reform police departments around the country. The goodwill and new converts generated by the peaceful mass protests over the death of George Floyd have been frittered away by a tiny minority bent on lawlessness.
Condemning the tiny minority of violent perpetrators is something conservative politicians, and even Donald Trump, have had no trouble whatsoever in doing. The same cannot be said for their fellow elected Democrats.
From Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s callous dismissal of the violence as hungry people stealing bread to former Vice President Joe Biden’s deafening silence on the matter; Democrats have done nothing to quell the violence in all these many weeks.
Democrats may think this is helping the Democratic cause; it’s not.
The anger of some Black Americans, who have watched the righteousness of the Black Lives Matter protests which took place in the wake of the death of George Floyd devolve into violence and chaos, is understandable. That the largely White Antifa contingents in Portland and Seattle have figured most prominently in some of the worst and most well-publicized incidents is an indictment of the progressive far left.
That Democratic leaders have offered no guidance, no calls for peace in the streets, is also an indictment.
Watching African-American police officers being shouted down by White activists, pelted with dangerous projectiles and fireworks by violent protestors, injured and bloodied on the job is not softening the public towards defunding the police.