The Hill's Campaign Report: Liberal groups pressure Biden on police reform as Trump signs executive order

The Hill's Campaign Report: Liberal groups pressure Biden on police reform as Trump signs executive order
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We’re Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Here’s what we’re watching today on the campaign trail.




Roughly 50 liberal groups, including Our Revolution, Working Families Party and Black Voters Matter, have signed onto a letter pressuring former vice president and Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden on Trump's refusal to commit to peaceful transfer of power: 'What country are we in?' Democratic groups using Bloomberg money to launch M in Spanish language ads in Florida Harris faces pivotal moment with Supreme Court battle MORE to adopt a more progressive stance when it comes to policing policies.

Jonathan Easley reports that the letter pushes Biden to adopt a 21-page policy proposal rolled out by the Movement for Black Lives to call for a reduction in incarceration and a nationwide scaling back of police forces.

“We make these demands first and foremost because we seek justice for George Floyd and Breonna Taylor — as well as all the other Black lives lost — and policies like these are what justice looks like in practice,” the letter says.

“But we also make them with an eye toward the November election … You cannot win the election without the enthusiastic support of Black voters, and how you act in this moment of crisis will play a big role in determining how Black voters — and all voters concerned with racial justice — respond to your candidacy. A ‘return to normalcy’ will not suffice,” they wrote.

The groups also called on Biden to scratch his recent proposal for an additional $300 million in funds to be added to the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program, which would hire and train police officers to patrol the communities they reside in.

The letter comes as the U.S. grapples with the issue of racial injustice, including policing, amid the police-involved deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and countless other unarmed African Americans.


Many on the left have called for defunding the police, which in many cases means a reallocation of police funds to social programs. Others have even gone as far as to say police departments should be abolished.

Biden himself has said he does not believe police departments should be defunded, but called on more investment in social programs, like education.

Meanwhile, President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden on Trump's refusal to commit to peaceful transfer of power: 'What country are we in?' Romney: 'Unthinkable and unacceptable' to not commit to peaceful transition of power Two Louisville police officers shot amid Breonna Taylor grand jury protests MORE on Tuesday signed an executive order on police reform, which instructs the Department of Justice to allocate discretionary grant funding to police departments that are certified by federally approved bodies in police training and de-escalation techniques.

State and local law enforcement agencies must certify that their policies do not allow the use of chokeholds except in situations where use of deadly force is permitted by law.

— Julia Manchester



Trump’s reelection campaign is accusing Biden of intentionally avoiding the campaign trail and is demanding that the media raise pressure on the Democratic nominee to cut a more visible profile. Jonathan reports.



Andy Langenkamp: The U.S. will face a turbulent period after November no matter who wins.

Mark von Rennenkampff: Voters must not forget Lafayette Square on Election Day.

Rich Lowry: Why are Democrats banning funerals but allowing protests?



Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDimon: Wealth tax 'almost impossible to do' CNN's Don Lemon: 'Blow up the entire system' remark taken out of context Democrats shoot down talk of expanding Supreme Court MORE (D-Mass.) formally threw her support behind Jamaal Bowman, who is challenging Rep. Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelHouse panel halts contempt proceedings against Pompeo after documents turned over Engel subpoenas US global media chief Michael Pack The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Pence lauds Harris as 'experienced debater'; Trump, Biden diverge over debate prep MORE's (N.Y.) reelection bid in New York's 16th District, becoming the latest progressive to back the former middle school principal. Julia Manchester reports. Meanwhile, Alison Lundergan Grimes, the former Kentucky secretary of State who unsuccessfully challenged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFEC flags McConnell campaign over suspected accounting errors Poll: 59 percent think president elected in November should name next Supreme Court justice Mark Kelly: Arizona Senate race winner should be sworn in 'promptly' MORE (R-Ky.) for his seat in 2014, endorsed state Rep. Charles Booker’s bid for the Democratic Senate nomination on Tuesday. Booker has endorsements from top progressives as he seeks to defeat Amy McGrath, the former Marine fighter pilot who has the support of Senate Democratic leaders in Washington. Max Greenwood reports

Former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperCook Political Report shifts Colorado Senate race toward Democrat Willie Nelson playing at virtual fundraiser for Hickenlooper Gardner on court vacancy: Country needs to mourn Ginsburg 'before the politics begin' MORE (D) has apologized after video surfaced of him comparing himself and elected officials to slaves on ships, comments he appeared to make six years ago while he was governor. Julia reports on the latest controversy for the Democratic Senate candidate trying to unseat Sen. Core Gardner (R-Colo.).



Former President Obama will join Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for the first time in a virtual fundraiser next week. Justine Coleman reports.





Trump: 44%

Biden: 43%


Biden: 55%

Trump: 39%



Ossoff: 45% 

Perdue: 44%



(Keep in mind these dates could change because of the outbreak.)

June 23:

Kentucky primaries

New York primaries

Virginia primaries

Mississippi primary runoffs

North Carolina primary runoffs

South Carolina primary runoffs


June 30:

Colorado primaries

Oklahoma primaries

Utah primaries


July 7:

New Jersey primaries

Delaware primaries


July 11:

Louisiana primaries


July 14:

Alabama primary runoffs

Texas primary runoffs

Maine primaries


Aug. 4:

Arizona primaries

Kansas primaries

Michigan primaries

Missouri primaries

Washington primaries


Aug. 11:

Connecticut primaries

Minnesota primaries

Vermont primaries

Wisconsin primaries

Georgia primary runoffs


Aug. 18:

Alaska primaries

Florida primaries

Wyoming primaries


Aug. 17-20:

Democratic National Convention


Aug. 24-27:

Republican National Convention


Sept. 1:

Massachusetts primaries


Sept. 8:

New Hampshire primaries

Rhode Island primaries


Sept. 15:

Delaware primaries


Sept. 29:

First presidential debate


Oct. 7:

Vice presidential debate


Oct. 15:

Second presidential debate


Oct. 22:

Third presidential debate