With each passing second, Tim Kaine and Mike Pence’s debate has become more incendiary. The two men have clashed on Donald Trump’s words, a revisionist history regarding the Iraq war, and most intensely on police reform. In the first presidential debate, Donald Trump went back and forth with moderator Lester Holt with Trump claiming that stop-and-frisk was constitutional (it isn’t).
“…It went before a judge who was a very against-police judge, it was taken away from her, and our mayor, our new mayor, refused to go forward with the case.”
“The argument is that it’s a form of racial profiling,” Holt replied.
“No, the argument is that we have to take the guns away from these people that have them and that are bad people that shouldn’t have them,” Trump said, changing the subject. “These are felons. These are people that are bad people.”
The subject came up once again regarding whether police are handling too much, and having to work around the fact that mental health funding and lack of support at schools has affected communities and made them more difficult to work within. Kaine agrees that the police are possibly working too hard and the answer isn’t a more militarized approach. We shouldn’t polarize the police or communities with unconstitutional stop-and-frisk policies.