On Tuesday, MSNBC’s favorite race-baiter, Al Sharpton, took on the issue of defunding the police.
And his comments were far, far reasonable than you’d expect!
In an appearance on “Morning Joe,” he and host Joe Scarborough discussed the alarming increase in violent crime in America’s biggest cities, specifically the troubling rise in shootings that have affected blacks disproportionately.
During the chat, Sharpton slammed the idea of defunding the police, saying it’s “a latte liberal” policy proposal that is not attractive to those who are “blacker and poorer” than them.
He said: “We’ve always heard about the tale of two cities. On the side of the city that I come from, which is Blacker and poorer, we’ve seen more in terms of gun usage. I got a lot of attention when I did the eulogy for George Floyd’s funeral, but I also, a month later, preached [at] a 1-year-old kid’s funeral in Brooklyn who was killed by a stray bullet.”
Sharpton continued, “Six people were shot over Labor Day weekend at a festival in Brooklyn, so I would say statistically we’re not much higher than where we were, but on the ground it is certainly feeling more violent, feeling more unsafe in unsafe communities.”
He also insisted that “we need to reimagine how we do policing. But to take all policing off is something a latte liberal may go for as they sit around the Hamptons discussing this as an academic problem. But people living on the ground need proper policing.”
Yes, I’m shocked as well!
Given Al Sharpton’s history of out-there inflammatory rhetoric on racial issues, the last thing I expected was an opinion that truly reflected the common beliefs of the majority of Americans.
Perhaps even Sharpton knows what the Democrat campaigns haven’t figured out: defunding the police is a terrible, terrible idea.