Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, is set to attend a fundraiser Thursday evening that will be flooded with anti-police celebrities.
Fox News reports the list of special guests for the “Fabulous Evening” event includes singer-songwriter John Legend, Barbra Streisand, Jay Leno, and Jennifer Hudson—who each had to shell out a whopping $2,800 as an entrance fee for the fundraiser.
The raised money will go towards the Biden Victory Fund, a joint committee of the Biden campaign, the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and state Democratic parties.
Their attendance at the event comes amid a larger push to defund or disband police departments in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Through a spokesperson, Axios reports Biden has come out against completely disbanding police departments.
Biden campaign spokesperson Andrew Bates said: “As his criminal justice proposal made clear months ago, Vice President Biden does not believe that police should be defunded,”
“He hears and shares the deep grief and frustration of those calling out for change, and is driven to ensure that justice is done and that we put a stop to this terrible pain,” he added.
However, Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh told Fox News he does not think Biden will be able to resist pressure from these Hollywood insiders.
“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,”
“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.”
Fox News adds:
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.
Police funding takes up a huge portion of our local budgets. Budgets are moral documents which spell out in black and white what our priorities are. We have finite amounts of money to spend and right now we spend far too much on policing
— John Legend (@johnlegend) June 7, 2020