Three former candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination are endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden, a sign of the centrist lane of the party coalescing behind the senior figure.
Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, and Beto O’Rourke were confirmed to be endorsing Biden in quick succession on Monday.
Klobuchar and Buttigieg are expected to endorse Biden at a rally in Texas on Monday night. The state will vote tomorrow as part of Super Tuesday, and Biden is polling competitively with Democratic frontrunner Bernie Sanders in the state. If Biden fails to prevent Sanders from winning both California and Texas- the biggest states in the country- it’s hard to imagine that he could prevent the Vermont democratic socialist from securing the Democratic nomination.
The timing of the endorsements on Monday- having taken place a day after Buttigieg’s departure from the race and merely hours after Klobuchar ended her campaign- raises questions about the possibility of their coordination. Buttigieg was confirmed to have spoken to former President Barack Obama on Monday, and it seems possible that Obama instructed the Democrat to fall in line behind his former Vice President.
In any case, it’s clear that the losers in the Democratic primary are lining up with the express intent of stopping Bernie Sanders campaign. They were largely content with the prospect of running against Biden merely days ago, with the exception of O’Rourke who was forced to drop out before the Iowa caucuses after running a dismal campaign. Their support of the septuagenarian and at-times memory challenged senior party figure appears rooted more in animosity to the anti-establishment socialist than genuine deference to Biden.
NEW: Trump Ad Breaks Down Consequences of “Defund the Police”
Half of Democrats support defunding the police.
A new Donald J. Trump for President campaign ad breaks down the implications of the national “defund the police” movement, pointing to the considerable share of national and congressional Democrats who would push to defund law enforcement in the event of a Joe Biden victory in November.
The ad features an automated 911 call system replacing an emergency dispatcher, with a recorded voice explaining that the revocation of police funding eliminated the 911 operator. The caller is told to press an appropriate key to report a rape or murder, with the emergency phone line resembling a corporate customer service phone line designed to avoid the time-consuming process of an in-person human conversation.
Watch the ad here:
“Due to defunding of the police department, we’re sorry… But no one is here to take your call.”
Polling reveals that around 50% of Democrats support the movement to defund the police in the wake of the death of George Floyd and nationwide race riots. City officials in Minneapolis and across the country have already organized plans to neuter their municipal police departments, with councilors in the former pledging a wholesale abolition of the Minneapolis Police Department.
Biden himself has proved reluctant to endorse the police defunding movement, but it’s all but guaranteed the elder Democrat would be compromised by liberal radicals. Municipal councils that want to defund their police departments wouldn’t stand to lose any federal funding as a result of the delinquency in enforcing fundamental law and order in a Biden presidency, opening the door for liberal cities to move forward with a rejection of law enforcement entirely.
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