President Trump announced on Thursday a historic executive order to combat racial inequalities and combat police brutality.
The president promised to take steps to increase economic opportunities in minority communities, address the healthcare disparities faced by the black community, lobby Congress to enact school choice, and sign an executive order calling on police departments to adhere to the “most current standards on use of force.”
The comments from Trump come amid nationwide protests over the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and calls by activists to defund police departments. mark the first steps the White House has taken to reform law enforcement agencies in the wake of the national unrest.
As Democrats do nothing more than pander to their voters, President Trump continues to deliver real results for the American people. Trump made clear, however, that by no means was he an advocate for the defunding of police departments.
“We’re not defunding the police, in fact we’re going the opposite route,” Trump said during his remarks during a roundtable on police reform in Dallas. “We’re going to have stronger police forces.”
The “Defund The Police” movement has become the latest rallying cry among leftists brought on by groups such as Black Lives Matter and Antifa. State and local governments spent $115 billion on policing in 2017, according to data compiled by the Urban Institute.
In the Senate, Republican Sen. Rand Paul introduced a bill Thursday to end “no-knock” warrants like the one that led to the shooting death of Breonna Taylor woman earlier this year, and the bill is named for her.
The “Justice for Breonna Taylor Act” would prohibit federal law enforcement from forcibly entering a home without announcing their purpose for executing the warrant and their authority.
“After talking with Breonna Taylor’s family, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s long past time to get rid of no-knock warrants,” Paul said in a statement. “This bill will effectively end no-knock raids in the United States.”
Paul’s measure would apply to federal law enforcement agencies, as well as state and local law enforcement that receive funding from the Justice Department.
Congressional Democrats also unveiled their own radical police reform bill on Monday. Trump expressed his opposition to their particular plan and characterized Democrats as having “gone CRAZY!”
Trump’s visit to Texas also comes as pollsters have him struggling against his Democrat opponent in Joe Biden. President Trump easily won Texas in 2016 but the polls have him and Biden neck and neck in the historically red state.
While the mainstream media has painted Trump as a racist, despite numerous actions by Joe Biden exposing him as the only racist in the race, the president has struggled with black voters.
Trump’s campaign has been attacking Biden’s mixed record of racial issues while plugging the successes his administration has had for the demographic as of late.
“We got criminal justice reform passed,” Trump said Thursday. “We achieved the lowest black unemployment in the history of our country prior to the plague coming to our country from China.”