Chicago Police Union Endorses Trump for Re-Election
Democrats 'are not going to be happy about it'
The Fraternal Order of Police in Chicago has officially endorsed President Donald Trump for reelection.
The FOP president of the local chapter, John Catanzara, said:
“I will do whatever I can for him — clearly,” Catanzara told The Chicago Tribune.
“I hope he makes a somewhat local appearance — that he doesn’t think Illinois is a lost cause and will just kind of mail it in.”
The police union’s board voted Trump's endorsement last week.
The news paints an overall reflection of how the union’s members feel about the president.
Catanzara warned some in Democrat-controlled Chicago will not be happy with the news.
“But there’s definitely people who are not going to be happy about it," he said.
"There are more Democrats, locally speaking, but there’s even some Democrats who would agree that the current president has been very good for employment and law enforcement these days,” he added.
“Public safety will undoubtedly be a main focus for voters in this year’s election,” FOP President Patrick Yoes said earlier this month.
“Look at what the national discourse has focused on for the last six months. President Trump has shown time after time that he supports our law enforcement officers and understands the issues our members face every day.”
Trump has stood firm on his "law and order" position as riots plagued America following the death of George Floyd.
"In the strongest possible terms, the Republican Party condemns the rioting, looting, arson, and violence we have seen in Democrat-run cities, all, like Kenosha, Minneapolis, Portland, Chicago, and New York, many others, Democrat-run," Trump said during the Republican National Convention last month.
"We must always have law and order. All federal crimes are being investigated, prosecuted, and punished to the fullest extent of the law."
"When the anarchists started ripping down our statues and monuments, right outside, I signed an order immediately. Ten years in prison, and it was a miracle, it all stopped. No more statues," he added.
In July, The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) 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
Earlier this year, Chicago's Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot blamed the soaring gun violence in her city on Trump despite refusing federal help.
Lightfoot, a Democrat, said it was Trump's failure to take action on gun reform legislation, which was to blame for the violence.
“We’re doing an all-hands-on-deck strategy, we’re really focussing on the root causes of the violence, but fundamentally we have too many illegal guns on our street, and that is a direct result of a failure of federal leadership,” Lightfoot said.