Police union endorses Trump
The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) has officially endorsed President Donald Trump’s reelection, praising his steadfast and very public support for law enforcement.
“NAPO has endorsed President Trump in his reelection campaign. Here is our endorsement letter which was issued following today’s meeting,” the group tweeted.
In the letter, NAPO President Michael McHale said Trump’s support is needed “during this time of unfair and inaccurate opprobrium being directed at our members by so many.”
“We particularly value your directing the Attorney General to aggressively prosecute those who attack our officers,” McHale wrote.
On Monday, Trump expressed his frustrations for how police in America have been being treated as of late.
“Our officers have been under vicious assault,” he said. “Reckless politicians have defamed our heroes as the enemy. These radical politicians want to defund and abolish the police. My administration is pro-safety, pro-police and anti-crime.”
NAPO endorsed former President Barack Obama and then-Vice President Joe Biden in both the 2008 and 2012 elections. They did not issue an endorsement in 2016.
NAPO isn’t the first law enforcement group to back away from Biden. His recent shift to the left and police reform talks have caused many officers to question his leadership. The Detective Endowment Association told Fox News that they worry if Biden would stand up for them.
“Joe Biden was a very strong supporter of them years ago, and he’s been kidnapped now by the anti-police rhetoric,” the association said. “There’s a big question amongst our members if Joe Biden is going to stand up and support the police.”
The Biden campaign says that the former vice president believes there is an urgent need for reform.
“This includes funding for public schools, summer programs, and mental health and substance abuse treatment separate from funding for policing so that officers can focus on the job of policing,” the campaign said.
Biden’s criminal justice plan proposes an additional $300 million for community policing. The campaign says that the funding will improve relationships between officers and residents and would provide the training that is needed to avert tragic, unjustifiable deaths.
NAPO represents more than 1,000 police associations and 241,000 officers.
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