The official account for the “Black Lives Matter” movement and many of its supporters lashed out at President Joe Biden after he proclaimed that Democrats would help fund the police in his State of the Union speech.
Biden emphatically renounced the “Defund the Police” movement in his speech and most Democrats applauded his statement.
“Proven strategies like community violence interruption, trusted messengers, breaking the cycle of violence and trauma, and giving young people some hope,” said Biden.
“We should all agree the answer is not to defund the police, it’s to fund the police!” he added.
“Fund them! Fund them!” Biden continued during the applause. “Fund them with resources and training! Resources and training they need to protect our communities!”
Not all were pleased at the policy announcement.
The official BLM account posted a frowning photograph of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) in response to Biden’s statement.
Others were far more strident in their excoriation of Biden.
“Fund the police? F*** you, Joe Biden. I f***ing hate this s***hole country,” tweeted one user who identified himself as a communist.
“Love how Biden listed a bunch of bipartisan things he signed for many groups and then for black ppl was like, ‘F*** YOUR MARCHES, More money for the police! Suck it blacks!’ Real cool stuff,” replied another commenter.
“lmao mask off ig this geriatric republican lite f***” read another tweet.
“Dude says we need to fund the police. He’s an enemy of the people. Simple as that,” replied Albert Corado, a candidate for the Los Angeles City Council.
“F*** off, Joe. The police are a corrupt, racist, transphobic, queerphobic institution. All cops are bastards,” said another detractor.
Establishment centrist Democrats have blamed progressives and the “Defund the Police” movement for their relative losses in congressional and state races in the 2020 election. In one memorable incident, Democratic House Majority Whip James Clyburn of South Carolina said on MSNBC that the defund the police movement was “non-starter,” even among black Americans, and called it a “chokehold around the Democratic party.”
Here are the police comments from Biden:
President Biden calls to fund the police, talks gun control