President Joe Biden has not publicly backed the far left’s “defund the police” movement, but his administration appears to be supporting it behind the scenes.
According to Fox News, the White House has hosted several defund-police activists over the past year:
Despite maintaining public distance from the “defund the police” movement, President Biden’s administration has quietly maintained relationships with some of the driving forces behind the far-left movement, White House visitor logs reviewed by Fox News Digital show.
Several defund the police activists have visited the Biden White House and met with top aides over the last year, White House visitor logs show.
While Biden has largely espoused pro-police rhetoric during his time in office, he has tapped left-wingers in sync with the defund movement to key positions in his administration.
In late May, he signed a sweeping police reform executive order that drew mixed reactions from police groups.
And throughout it all, anti-police activists appear to have had a direct line to the White House.
One activist, Rashad Robinson, who heads up the left-wing racial justice org Color of Change, visited last summer in what appeared to be a meeting with Cedric Richmond, a former top adviser to Biden who recently left as director of public engagement.
“We know that policing doesn’t keep us safe, communities do,” reads a Color of Change petition that calls on supporters to insist that their local officials begin the defunding process. “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,” the petition says.
Robinson has also celebrated the birthday of convicted cop-killer Assata Shakur by calling for progressive groups to get “bolder” and “louder” in their demands for police abolition and their “plans for revolution.”
On Assata Shakur's birthday, we celebrate by being bolder in our protests, louder in our demands for abolition and thinking bigger in our plans for revolution.
— Rashad Robinson (@rashadrobinson) July 17, 2020
Fox News adds:
Shakur was convicted for the 1973 murder of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster but later escaped prison and was granted asylum in Cuba by the late Fidel Castro. Shakur, whose married name is Joanne Chesimard, is on the FBI’s most wanted terrorist list and carries a $1 million reward for information that could lead to her apprehension.
Robinson is also on the board of the Marguerite Casey Foundation, a Seattle-based left-wing grantmaking group. He joined recently, as did Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.
Fox News: “Carmen Rojas, the President and CEO of the Marguerite Casey Foundation and a vocal supporter of defunding the police, visited the White House in December 2021 and appeared to meet with Nia Page, a Special Assistant to Richmond before his departure last month to join the Democratic National Committee (DNC).”
“We must be unwavering in our commitment to freedom,” Rojas tweeted in April 2021. “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 May 2020, she tweeted a quote from an article that said, “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.”
“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
Latosha Brown, the co-founder of Black Voters Matter and a civil rights activist, has also advocated for defunding the police, Fox News reported, adding that she visited Vincent Evans, who worked in Vice President Harris’s office before leaving to be the executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), in July 2021, according to visitor logs.