Democrats furious over NYPD union endorsement of Trump
Democrat leaders are outraged after the New York Police Department (NYPD) union endorsed President Donald Trump’s reelection amid budget cuts and tensions between police and city lawmakers.
Trump spoke to the organization, which represents 24,000 officers, at his golf club in Bedminster, NJ on Friday evening.
“I have 36 years on this job, 21 as the president of this fine organization. I cannot remember when we’ve ever endorsed for Office of the President of the United States, until now. That’s how important this is,” said Pat Lynch, the union’s leader. “Mr. President, you’ve earned this endorsement. I’m proud to give it.”
Trump praised the law officers.
“I’ve admired you my whole life, watched you do a job like nobody else, nobody else did it. Best of the best and I’m grateful happy you’re here,” he said.
New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to express her frustration with the endorsement.
“NYPD union endorsed Trump. I’m sure this is part of their neighborhood outreach plan. Also, does anyone else see a potential problem with police unions – enforcement arms of the state with lethal weapons – promoting ‘preferred’ candidates for office or is that just me?” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
Jamaal Bowman, who recently defeated longtime Congressman Elliot Engel in the Democratic primary with the help of Ocasio-Cortez was also not happy with the endorsement.
“I’m speechless. NYC is a beautifully diverse, working class, democratic city. The NYPD is clearly showing they are not interested in working with the people of our city. This explains their continued aggression against innocent people. It’s time for dramatic change,” said Bowman.
Trump continued with his law-and-order message telling the officers that no one would be safe in an America with Joe Biden as president.
“This guy has been taking your dignity away and your respect,” Trump said “And I’m telling you on Nov. 3 you’re going to be getting it back.”
Lynch and union officials met with the president last month at the White House.
“In our city, we’re going through a difficult time. We have a progressive mayor that’s anti-police; the city council that’s anti-police; and the statehouse is anti-police. So, they’re changing the law where it’s becoming impossible to do our job,” they told the president.
The president has been seeing a lot of support from police organizations across the country and even based his first campaign ad on the lefts attempt to defund the police. It is likely to remain a major talking point of the 2020 election.
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