Tillis calls on Democrats to condemn campaign group’s anti-police message

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Sen. Thom Tillis (RN.C.) on Tuesday called on fellow Democrats to speak out against an anti-police campaign by a prominent left-wing fundraising group.

During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on law enforcement safety, Tillis pointed to ActBlue’s 13.12 Run For Justice campaign, a fundraising platform for liberal and progressive candidates.

According to the campaign page1312 refers to the letters ACAB, or All Cops Are Bastards, and encourages people to run 13.12 miles and donate money for every mile run to Black Lives Matter to support “their mission of dismantling white supremacy and funding of the police”.

“They didn’t say some of them. They didn’t say most of them. They said it all,” Tillis said. “And so we have to recognize that this is cancer. It has to stop.

The senator noted that he believed Democrats on the committee supported defunding the police, but said they needed to address the issue head-on.

“Anyone who knows ActBlue needs to know it’s not helpful, and for Democrats who sincerely believe it’s not a good strategy, they need to stand up and oppose this,” said Tillis.

The 1312 campaign’s ActBlue page says 23 people raised more than $1,000 toward a goal of $1,312, with contributions going to the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation.

“Demand justice for #GeorgeFloyd and #BreonnaTaylor and the countless others murdered by cops,” he says. “Demand that our tax dollars stop funding police brutality and systemic racism.”

The Hill has contacted ActBlue for comment.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who chairs the Judiciary Committee, told Tillis he was never called to an ActBlue meeting or asked to endorse their agenda or message.

“I shouldn’t be held more responsible for what ActBlue is doing than asking our Republican members to be held responsible for the Proud Boys or the Oath Keepers or any other group that might associate with the Conservatives,” Durbin said. at Tillis.

“I want to hold members accountable for how they vote and what they believe, but attributing other organizations to us is unfair,” Durbin said.

Durbin suggested he might bring up Jan. 6, which caused Tillis to interrupt and say, “And every one of them should be in jail.”

sergeant. Demetrick Pennie, president and executive director of the National Fallen Officer Foundation, testified that calls for defunding the police “proliferated” on social media in 2020 and led to resignations, retirements and candidates running for office. withdrawing from police academies.

Officers who remained, Pennie said, had to work extra shifts to compensate for understaffing and therefore experienced more mental health issues, which increased suicide rates.

“The funding of the police movement has done more damage than anyone can imagine,” Pennie said.

Tillis also claimed that anti-police messaging “kills people” and makes at-risk communities less safe.

“It’s time for a change and it’s time to stop this shit,” he said.

Democrats have been deeply divided on police funding following the racial justice protests and riots that have spread across the country following the May 2020 killing of George Flloyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.

Moderate Democrats said support for “defunding” the police by some party members alienated voters, as many progressives pushed to shift funding from traditional policing to social programs and mental health responders.

President Biden has rejected calls to defund the police and promised to increase support for law enforcement.

The president will seek $37 billion in the annual budget to support law enforcement and crime prevention, the White House announced last week, in part in response to recent gun violence.

“He wanted to grab the momentum. Seize the moment to go further,” officials said.

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