Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has marketed himself throughout the campaign as the ‘law and order’ candidate. Trump, whose campaign was catapulted to the front of the GOP field with his promise to build a wall at the southern border, previously received the endorsement of the U.S. Border Patrol Union, now has another big endorsement to add to his self-professed law and order cred.
The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the nation’s largest police union with 330,000 members, announced on Friday that they have endorsed Donald Trump for President after more than two-thirds of their national board selected Trump as their favored presidential candidate.
Chuck Canterbury, the FOP’s national president, addressed the decision to endorse Trump in a statement.
“[Trump] has seriously looked at the issues facing law enforcement today. He understands and supports our priorities and our members believe he will make America safe again. He’s made a real commitment to America’s law enforcement and we’re proud to make a commitment to him and his campaign by endorsing his candidacy today.”
Trump has continuously reached out to America’s police, visiting them frequently on the campaign trail and praising their work. Speaking to a FOP chapter in North Carolina last month, he said, “I’m on your side 1,000 percent. What you do is incredible.”
Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, refused to fill out the questionnaire required to be under consideration for the endorsement of FOP. This should not come as a surprise since Hillary has campaigned with anti-cop Black Lives Matter anarchists, tweeted out support of them, and frequently sided with the anarchist group going so far as to have the mother of Michael Brown, the Ferguson thief who died after attacking a police officer, speak at the Demoncrat National Convention.
The Fraternal Order of Police tweeted a full statement regarding their endorsement of Donald Trump
— National FOP (@GLFOP) September 16, 2016
h/t The Hill