Anti-police activist John Legend, who openly said that it’s his job to push Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden toward totally defunding law enforcement, is set to headline a high-roller fundraiser for the former vice president on Thursday, June 11.
“I support #TeamJoe because this nightmare of a presidency needs to end. Join us tomorrow, Thursday, June 11th,” Legend tweeted.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) June 11, 2020
The death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police on May 25 has sparked nationwide protests and calls for defunding or even abolishing police departments. Legend, with other celebrities, has signed an open letter calling for police to be defunded.
“It’s not the job of grass roots activists on the left to craft political messaging for mainstream democratic candidates. I’m almost 100% sure Biden won’t be tweeting #DefundThePolice,” Legend wrote on Twitter. “It’s the job of activists to push these politicians toward meaningful change.”
It’s not the job of grass roots activists on the left to craft political messaging for mainstream democratic candidates. I’m almost 100% sure Biden won’t be tweeting #DefundThePolice. It’s the job of activists to push these politicians toward meaningful change.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) June 7, 2020
Legend’s wife, Chrissy Teigen, has donated $200,000 to bail out protesters “across the country” as violent rioting crashed against the nation following Floyd’s death.
Other celebrities like Barbara Streisand, Jay Leno, and Jennifer Hudson will also attend the fundraiser event that aims to raise money for the Biden Victory Fund, a committee dedicated to raising money for the Biden Campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Moments after Legend tweeted out his support for Biden, his fans blasted him and threatened to cancel him along with his wife.
“You would support any Democrat because you have to as an entertainer—if you didn’t, you would no longer have a career—did you support Biden when he pushed the drug war and pushed for more jails?” Legend’s fan asked.
Biden campaign on Monday said the former vice president “does not believe that police should be defunded,” but instead supports the “urgent need for reform” that includes “funding for public schools, summer programs, and mental health and substance abuse treatment separate from funding for policing.”
Trump campaign Communications Director Tim Murtaugh criticized Biden for being “unable to stand up to the most extreme elements in his party.”
“Joe Biden cannot be let off the hook after his campaign issued a weak statement from a mid-level staffer. We still haven’t heard from Joe Biden himself on the radical ‘Defund the Police’ movement in the Democrat Party. It would have been the simplest thing in the world to stick his name on a statement, but he didn’t even do that,” Murtaugh said in a statement.
As the Defund the Police has gained momentum, a poll found the majority of Americans—65%, oppose cutting funding for police departments.