The Fraternal Order of Police – the largest police union in the nation – has given their full endorsement Republican nominee Donald Trump.
In a press release Friday, Chuck Canterbury, the FOP president, said “Donald Trump may not ever have been elected to public safety, but he is a proven leader and that’s what we need for the next four years – a leader unafraid to make tough choices and see them through.”
The FOP includes about 335,000 members nationwide, and well over two-thirds of them voted to support Trump.
Every election year, the union sends out a detailed questionnaire to each candidate, then the members review the answers and vote on who they wish to endorse at their September meeting. Hillary Clinton refused to even return the questionnaire, which the union took as a powerful snub.
Trump, on the other hand, not only returned the questionnaire, but invited union leaders to meet with him in Trump Tower, and has honored law enforcement everywhere he goes.
In the endorsement letter, Canterbury said, “He 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 Hill pointed out that the union did not even endorse a presidential candidate in 2012, after endorsing John McCain in 2008.
— National FOP (@GLFOP) September 16, 2016
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