They say we are the company we keep. If that’s true, the Biden administration’s continued fraternization with prominent members of the “defund the police” movement speaks volumes about its ideological orientation.
It also puts the lie to its frequent disavowal of any connection to the movement, since Fox News is now reporting that the White House’s visitor logs record more than a few visits of top activists connected with this far-left initiative to the White House over the past year. For the most part, bowing to the pressures of public polls and trying to avoid the bad optics of anti-police rhetoric, President Joe Biden has attempted to maintain a pro-police image.
But this has set his administration at odds with the “abolish the police” wing of the Democratic Party and its far-left ideologues, and this is likely why he’s appointed far-left activists associated with the movement to important posts in his administration—including Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta and EPA nominee Carlton Waterhouse.
Now the White House visitor logs show that a motley assortment of anti-police activists appear to be quite welcome there.
For instance, Rashad Robinson, president of the group Color of Change, a left-wing organization that loudly advocates for defunding the police, visited the White House last summer. Color of Change was an active leader last year in the push to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department, an attempt that was largely funded by George Soros’ Open Society Policy Center to the tune of half a million dollars.
“We know that policing doesn’t keep us safe, communities do,” states a petition from the organization that solicits support for its anti-police efforts. “Policing doesn’t lead to thriving communities, investment does. We must begin to envision the society that functions for ALL of us and we must begin by divesting from and dismantling the systems that unjustly harm Black people.”
Robinson has also frequently expressed support for convicted cop-killer Assata Shakur, who is on the FBI’s most wanted terrorist list and is currently a fugitive in Cuba. In fact, Robinson celebrated her birthday with calls for “bolder” and “louder” demands for dismantling the police, and accelerated “plans for revolution.” He’s also a board member of the Marguerite Casey Foundation, another left-wing organization involved in anti-police efforts.
Robinson isn’t the only far-left “defund the police” activist to spend some quality time at the White House. Carmen Rojas, who happens to be the President and CEO of the Marguerite Casey Foundation, reportedly visited the White House in December. Her support for abolishing police departments has been unequivocal.
“So many people are twisting themselves into word pretzels,” she tweeted in April of last year. “They say we need justice in one breathe & not all police are bad in the next. We must be unwavering in our commitment to freedom. The best way to realize it is to defund the police and support abolition. Period.”
So many people are twisting themselves into word pretzels. They say we need justice in one breathe & not all police are bad in the next. We must be unwavering in our commitment to freedom. The best way to realize it is to defund the police and support abolition. Period.
— Carmen Rojas, PhD 🐜 (@crojasphd) April 16, 2021
In an earlier tweet from the very beginning of the George Floyd riots, Rojas tweeted a quotation that advocated for dismantling the “U.S. police force.”
“Abolishing police unions as part of the broader fight to defund, demilitarize, and ultimately dismantle the U.S. police force as it currently exists,” the tweet read. “Labor leaders should seize upon this crucial moment to fully embrace this aim—and some already have.”
“abolishing police unions as part of the broader fight to defund, demilitarize, and ultimately dismantle the U.S. police force as it currently exists. Labor leaders should seize upon this crucial moment to fully embrace this aim—and some already have.” https://t.co/1WElivGzHK
— Carmen Rojas, PhD 🐜 (@crojasphd) May 30, 2020
And there have reportedly been other prominent anti-police activists who have visited the White House, including Latosha Brown, who has led efforts to defund sheriffs, and Tyler McMillan, who said in 2020 that “a defund to the police is a refund to the people.”
A defund to the police is a refund to the people ✊🏾 Our communities deserve! 📸 Jacqie Q Photography pic.twitter.com/zxPJw6nrHW
— Tylik M. McMillan (@TylikMcMillan) June 16, 2020
If one is known by the company one keeps, it seems safe to say that—despite his protestations to the contrary—Joe Biden, or whoever’s running his administration, is very supportive of far-left anti-police activism.
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