The fraternal police force approved the re-election of President Trump on Friday, saying he had the “full and enthusiastic support” of its more than 355,000 members.
FOP President Patrick Yoes announced Friday morning that the organization, which is the largest law enforcement labor organization in the country, “voted unanimously” to support Trump. The FOP also approved Trump in 2016.
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“Public safety will undoubtedly be a major focus of voters in this year̵
Yoes added, referring to Trump’s response to riots in America’s cities that have broken out in police custody since George Floyd’s death, “The FOP is proud to support a candidate who promotes law and order in our country.”
He said the decision was made by “recruiting the more than 355,000 FOP members across the country”.
Yoes pointed out that support for the FOP was “one of the most sought-after recommendations from candidates for the presidency.”
“We have a responsibility to our members, to the 800,000 sworn law enforcement officers in the United States, and to the communities they serve in helping us determine the direction our country will go,” Yoes added.
The FOP endorsed former President George HW Bush in 1992, former President Bill Clinton in 1996, former President George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004, the late Senator John McCain in 2008 and Trump in 2016. The FOP did not endorse any candidate – former President Barack Obama or now-Sen. Mitt Romney – in 2012.
The FOP’s approval comes after more than 175 current and former law enforcement officers and officials on Friday confirmed Joe Biden as president and condemned Trump as a “lawless” president.
Fox News first received the list of Biden-supporting law enforcement officers, which included former US attorneys, former attorneys general, former sheriffs, and former police chiefs, who announced the former Vice President’s experience of “keeping communities safe.” This includes Janet Napolitano, the former Obama administration’s secretary for Homeland Security who served as Arizona attorney general.
“It is ironic that an outlaw president should claim to be the law and order president,” Noble Wray, retired police chief of Madison, Wisconsin, said in a statement.
However, the list of Biden endorsements also included Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, whose city had been rioting for weeks. The demonstrators created their own “autonomous zone” and called for the police to be released.
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Another confirmation on the list for the Democratic presidential nominee was Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt, who made the headlines for announcing a new policy stating that he would not bring charges of Portland Regulation violations that didn’t Property damage, theft, or the use or threat of force against another person, including interfering with a police officer or acting disorderly.
“The crown jewels of Joe Biden’s ‘Law Enforcement Coalition’ are the Portland District Attorney, who doesn’t prosecute rioters, and the Seattle Mayor, who withdrew police from the Autonomous Zone and left a police station,” said Tim Murtaugh, communications director for the Trump Campaign, opposite Fox News. “If you remove the current and former elected Democrats, he’ll only have a handful of real, actual cops.”
“There’s a reason all national police organizations, representing more than 900,000 police officers, have approved President Trump,” Murtaugh continued. “They know the president has his back and supports law enforcement against the mob.”
The Trump campaign identified more than a dozen police and law enforcement organizations supporting the president, including the National Association of Police Organizations, which represents more than 241,000 sworn law enforcement officers. the International Union of Police Associations, which represents over 100,000 members; the FOP; the New York City Police Benevolent Association, which represents over 24,000 members; and the Florida Police Benevolent Association, which includes over 30,000 members.
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Meanwhile, Biden has denied allegations that he supported the defunding of the police.
“Let’s get the facts straight, I just don’t want to disappoint the police. I want to add $ 300 million to their local budgets to treat the community police and bring the police and communities back together,” Biden told KDKA this week.