Co-host Praises Trump for Honoring Fallen NYPD Officer as Biden Mingles with Star

Diverging paths reflect deep political and cultural divides.

by Nouman Rasool
Co-host Praises Trump for Honoring Fallen NYPD Officer as Biden Mingles with Star
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Former President Donald Trump is expected to pay his respects to the family at a wake for the fallen officer, Jonathan Diller of the New York Police Department. President Joe Biden is also expected to fete donors at a star-studded fundraiser in New York City.

Alyssa Farah Griffin, co-host of "The View," weighed in on CNN, noting that Trump's understanding and him being keyed into the values of middle America stood in contrast to Biden's approach. Diller, 31, was a father of one-year-old when he tragically lost his life to gunfire during a routine traffic stop on Monday.

The driver also had at least 20 prior arrests on his record, and a passenger in the vehicle was Rivera. New York City Mayor Eric Adams said the driver of the vehicle and an apparent accomplice also had extensive criminal records.

Symbolic Gestures Clash

Contrasting Priorities Trump's choice to go to Officer Diller's wake is, in Griffin's view, the type of small but symbolically powerful act he's known for among his most loyal supporters, a figure in touch with the common man.

"It's a very different image from Biden at Radio City Music Hall surrounded by Lady Gaga and Jon Bon Jovi," said Professor Farah Griffin. The organizers promise an evening that surely will have the right amount of glitz, highlighted by the appearances of luminaries like former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, in tandem with performances from A-list artists Lizzo, Queen Latifah, Ben Platt, Cynthia Erivo, and Lea Michele.

As former Trump aide Farah Griffin noted, the former president was being strategically astute for choosing to honor the slain officer over attending high-dollar donor events. To her, this is an appeal not just for the "Trump-curious" voter but also a strategic diversion from his hearing on interference in Georgia elections.

Farah Griffin said that the successful tactics of his 2016 campaign reflect the president's approach, mirroring an understanding deep into the matters of what makes the middle American tick. In fact, she said that the tragedy of a public servant like Officer Diller being killed at the hands of a repeat offender is one that speaks much more to the American people than the glitz and glamour that surround celebrities and high-profile fundraising events.