posted at 5:21 pm on September 16, 2016 by John Sexton
The Fraternal Order of Police, the nation’s largest police union, endorsed Donald Trump for President Friday. The FOP published a letter announcing the decision on it’s Twitter feed:
— National FOP (@GLFOP) September 16, 2016
The release reads in part:
Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, today announced the organization’s endorsement of Mr. Donald J. Trump for the office of President.
“Obviously, this is an unusual election,” Canterbury said. “We have a candidate who declined to seek an endorsement and a candidate without any record as an elected official. Mr. Trump, however, 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.” …
“Our National Board, and the more than 330,000 members of the FOP, acquainted themselves with Mr. Trump’s answers to our survey. He took the time off the campaign trail and met with us to talk about our issues, our priorities. 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 Hill reported in January that Hillary Clinton had snubbed the union when she declined to fill out their questionnaire:
“We were talking to the highest levels of the campaign, and we had all indications that she was going to return the questionnaire,” Canterbury said.
“And on the deadline date we were advised that they declined.”…
Canterbury says that to his knowledge the questionnaire snub has only happened once before — in 2004 with John Kerry.