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Dems backing off defund police message heading into 2022 midterms

DES MOINES, IOWA - JULY 15: Democratic presidential candidate former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden pauses as he speaks during the AARP and The Des Moines Register Iowa Presidential Candidate Forum at Drake University on July 15, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. Twenty Democratic presidential candidates are participating in the forums that will feature four candidate per forum, to be held in cities across Iowa over five days.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Joe Biden pauses as he speaks during the AARP. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 1:37 PM PT – Saturday, June 26, 2021

Democrats appear to be backing off the call to defund the police as evidence shows its hurting the party heading into the 2022 midterms.

The idea that funding should be scaled back or reallocated from the police department became the rallying cry of the left through much of 2020 following the death of George Floyd. However, amid surging crime rates in multiple U.S. cities, it seems public support for the idea is dropping.

Progressive lawmakers have admitted its a bad idea, acknowledging the public likes having police to keep them safe. They also acknowledged the need to do a better job of advocating for police reform while also supporting the police, but only pushed the defunding call throughout 2020.

One Democrat senator recently claimed the party never supported a defund stance in the first place. “The fact that we’ve never taken the position as a party that we should defund the police. I am a progressive Democrat,” said Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii). She went on to say that she herself has never said they should defund the police.

Her comments came after Joe Biden, while attacking gun rights, highlighted millions of dollars in federal funding to be put to use by states and cities to hire more law enforcement. Additionally that same day, Press Secretary Jen Psaki suggested it was Republicans who supported defunding.

While defunding the police was the rallying cry, and support for police plummeted, major U.S. cities saw massive spikes in crime. In St. Louis, the city has seen its highest murder rate in five decades. In addition, shootings in New York City have spiked nearly 80 percent this year.

Critics against defunding the police have pointed to New York where former police officer Eric Adams is leading the Democrat primary for the city’s mayoral race. Adams made it clear early on he was against defunding the police as supporters agreed defunding was a campaign killer that very few residents wanted to see.

Critics said the narrative of defunding the police, much like the narrative that voter ID isn’t needed, just isn’t landing with voters.

“This is going to be a problem going into the midterms if your only narrative is that defunding the police and having an ID to vote is innately racist,” said Meghan McCain, host of “The View.” “Those are going to be problems for Democrats because the average American just isn’t buying it.”

Others are taking steps to ensure defunding never happens, like in Wisconsin, where the assembly approved a bill that would penalize local governments that try to defund the police.

However, Democrat Gov. Tony Evers (Wis.) is expected to veto the measure. This comes as the city of Madison, Wisconsin saw a 100 percent increase in homicides over the past year with Milwaukee seeing an 85 percent increase.

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