CLEVELAND, Ohio — President Donald Trump accused Joe Biden of abandoning the nation’s law enforcement during Tuesday’s first presidential debate, saying the Democratic nominee was under the thumb of the party’s progressive left wing.
“We believe in law and order and you can’t even say the words because if you say those words, you’re going to lose all of your radical supporters,” the commander in chief said to Biden on the debate stage in Cleveland, Ohio.
“Why aren’t you saying those words? Why don’t you say the words law enforcement?” he went on.
“They’ve got you wrapped around their finger to the point where you won’t say anything about law and order,” Trump continued.
The nation’s police departments have faced intense scrutiny following the shooting of several black Americans at the hands of white police officers, sparking a movement to “defund the police” supported by many prominent Democratic lawmakers.
The deaths have also led to nationwide protests, the yanking of $1 billion from the NYPD budget, and months of deadly riots in cities such as Portland.
Biden batted away claims that he didn’t support the nation’s cops, telling Fox News moderator Chris Wallace, “The vast majority of police officers are good, honorable, decent people.”
When pushed on rioting in cities like Portland and Seattle, Biden criticized the president’s decision to send in the National Guard to squash protests.