National Association of Police Organizations Endorses Trump, Dumps Biden
Trump campaign welcomes endorsement following unrest
The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) has ditched its support for former Vice President Joe Biden and opted to endorse Donald Trump for president.
NAPO President Michael McHale's letter read:
“Our endorsement recognizes your steadfast and very public support for our men and woman on the front lines, especially during this time of unfair and inaccurate opprobrium being directed at our members by so many."
NAPO has endorsed President Trump in his reelection campaign. Here is our endorsement letter which was issued following today's meeting. pic.twitter.com/mf6ZUTf10l— NAPO (@NAPOpolice) July 15, 2020
In 2008 and 2012, NAPO endorsed the Obama-Biden presidential ticket but did not endorse any candidate in 2016.
The organization represents 241,000 sworn officers and over 1,000 police associations.
The reasons for their support of Trump, which is covered in the letter, include the Justice Department for prosecuting individuals attacking police officers, support for the 9/11 first responders fund, and signing the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act.
The Trump campaign welcomed the news.
Trump 2020 Senior Advisor for Law Enforcement and Labor Unions Bob Paduchik said in a statement:
“Joe Biden has done nothing to stop his party’s ‘defund the police’ movement and remains silent as police officers across the country are being attacked by violent rioters and protesters."
“This endorsement for President Trump highlights that as the Law and Order President, he is defending the hardworking people who risk their own lives every day to keep our communities safe.”
Only last month, House Democrats blocked a procedural motion to condemn the nationwide riots and the 'Defund the Police' movement.
As the House prepared to vote on Justice in Policing Act, Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) introduced a motion to delay its passage, allowing a vote on a proposed amendment.
Although Obama said the nationwide unrest and Black Lives Matter protests were "tailor-made moment" to help Biden in the coming November election, the news of NAPO's endorsement of Trump shows that the plan had backfired on the Democrats.
Obama: Black Lives Matter Protests are 'Tailor-Made' to Help Biden Beat Trump— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) July 1, 2020
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Trump has remained committed to running hard on law and order.
In June, Trump signed an executive order to prohibit the desecration of statues and other public landmarks after dozens nationwide have been destroyed in recent weeks.