Politics

Continetti: Trump Could Make Up Ground by Backing Bipartisan Police Reform

Washington Free Beacon founding editor Matthew Continetti on Wednesday said President Donald Trump could recoup support by backing Sen. Tim Scott's (R., S.C.) police reform effort.

On Fox News's Special Report, Continetti said Trump faces "three interlocking crises" in the form of the coronavirus pandemic, the economy, and the unrest following the killing of George Floyd by police officers.

"The public has turned against [Trump] on two of those three: the pandemic and the Floyd killing. So it's very important for him, I think, to recover the lost ground by encouraging the bipartisan efforts of Senator Scott to work out some type of police reform bill," Continetti said.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday said that Trump advisers met with Scott to discuss police reform.

"They had a very positive meeting with Sen. Scott," McEnany said. "It was very productive, and we do believe that we will have proactive policy prescriptions, whether that means legislation or an executive order."

Scott was asked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) to take the lead in drafting Republicans' legislation to reform police practices. House Democrats on Monday introduced the Justice in Policing Act, a broad bill seeking to reform police departments without acquiescing to the progressive demand to defund or abolish them.