Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden admitted during an NBC town hall on Monday that he no longer has the support of law enforcement when confronted by the wife of a police officer.
The woman asked Biden to address the “troubling” movement to defund the police and how he would go about ensuring her husband’s safety. Biden dodged the question of safety, but pointed out that cops had supported him in the past.
“I have had overwhelming support from police my whole career up until this year,” he said.
The town hall came just days after the first presidential debate in which Biden failed to name a single law enforcement group that backed him.
After a summer marked by left-wing protests and riots fomented by the “defund the police movement,” Biden has struggled to balance his touted image as a champion of law enforcement with his position as the Democratic nominee. He has lost support from former police groups that were allies of the Obama administration.
The National Organization for Police Organizations, which backed Obama and Biden in 2008 and 2012, has endorsed Trump in 2020. In the past two months, President Trump’s campaign received a boost from two notable law enforcement unions. The Fraternal Order of Police, the nation’s largest police union, endorsed Trump in September, and the New York City Police Benevolent Association, which hasn’t endorsed a candidate in 36 years, endorsed him in August.