Apparently, we’re going to squabble over the semantic difference between “defunding” the police and “dismantling” a renegade police force, as has happened in Minneapolis in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd. The White House is going all-in, beating the word “defunding” into a weapon in its upcoming retrograde and Nixonian “law ’n order” campaign, and braying that Joe Biden is going to fire everyone with a badge everywhere in America. There are people who sincerely believe that this could be the magic bullet that pulls El Caudillo del Mar-a-Lago’s ample hindquarters out of the fire, even though the president*’s poll numbers continue their steady drop toward Middle Earth. To hell with it, boys. Slogans away!

Read the rest of Charlie Pierce’s piece at Esquire.