Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump earned the blessing of the nation’s largest law enforcement union on Friday when the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) announced its endorsement of the New York businessman’s White House bid.
The organization, which represents over 330,000 members of law enforcement nationwide, made their decision at the group’s national board meeting in which two-thirds of members approved of Trump’s candidacy.
Declaring the GOP nominee to be a proven leader despite never holding elected office and one willing to make tough choices, FOP national president Chuck Canterbury wrote:
“[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.”
The FOP’s 2016 patronage to Trump follows the group’s refusal to endorse either President Obama or his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, in 2012.
In September 2012, the FOP declined to endorse either candidate, refusing to support Governor Romney over his support for restricting collective-bargaining rights for public-union employees. Similarly, the union did not consider Mr. Obama.
2012 was the first time in the organization’s 98-year history it did not endorse a candidate. The union threw support behind Bill Clinton in 1996, but selected President Bush in 2000 and 2004, and anointed Senator John McCain in 2008.
Although the letter announcing support for Mr. Trump did not mention Hillary Clinton by name, the FOP’s statement indicated Clinton neither solicited an endorsement from the group nor did she complete a mandatory questionnaire the FOP requires of candidates seeking its endorsement.
“Candidly, we were very disappointed. We are an organization that tries to be bipartisan and works with members of either party wherever we have common ground,” police union’s national executive director, Jim Pasco, said of Clinton in August.
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