Joe Biden is set to attend a high-roller fundraiser Thursday evening headlined by anti-police activist John Legend, who has openly promised that he’ll try to push the former vice president towards totally defunding law enforcement and adopting other far-left positions, Fox News informs.
Legend has argued, for example, that President Trump’s base consists of white supremacist terrorists — a line of attack reminiscent of Biden’s assertions that 10 to 15 percent of Americans are “just not very good people,” and that many Trump supporters believe “Mexicans are rapists and all Muslims are bad.”
Barbra Streisand, Jay Leno, and Jennifer Hudson will also attend the 8 p.m. ET “Fabulous Evening” event, where attendance requires a minimum $2,800 buy-in to shore up resources for the Biden Victory Fund, a joint committee of the Biden campaign, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and state Democratic parties.
“There is no chance that Joe Biden will be able to stand up to the ‘Defund the Police’ movement engulfing the Democrat Party and a growing number of his most visible supporters, now including John Legend,” Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh told Fox News.
“Disbanding police departments nationwide would send the country spiraling into chaos,” Murtaugh added. “The ‘Defund the Police’ train has already left the Democrat station and Joe Biden is a hapless passenger, whether he knows it or not.”
Rolling Stone reported last week that Legend was one of several celebrities to sign an open letter calling for police to be defunded. The letter concludes: “Vote no on all increases to police budgets. Vote yes to decrease police spending and budgets. Vote yes to increase spending on Health care, Education, and Community programs that keep us safe.”
Legend has tweeted that “we spend far too much on policing,” and remarked on June 7: “I’m almost 100% sure Biden won’t be tweeting #DefundThePolice. It’s the job of activists to push these politicians toward meaningful change.”
At the same time, the singer has also condemned private gun rights, claiming falsely that the Second Amendment was intended to preserve slavery. Biden has vowed to put Beto O’Rourke in charge of gun-control efforts; O’Rourke, in turn, has unequivocally said he would confiscate Americans’ rifles at the first opportunity.
Legend’s wife, Chrissy Teigen, has pledged $100,000 (and later doubled that amount) to “bail out” protesters “across the country.” That move drew criticism, given that many protesters damaged property and attacked police officers.
Also, as President Trump moved to designate Antifa a terrorist organization earlier this month, Legend dismissed the group as a “minuscule group with almost no influence or impact.”
“Meanwhile actual white supremacist terrorism has been a persistent part of American life for centuries,” Legend said. “Trump will never name them a terror group though. They’re his base.”