The National Fraternal Order of Police (National FOP), a 330,000-member union of police officers, has actually endorsed Donald Trump for president on September 16th. The nominee has the “full support” of the nation’s largest police labor organization.
The 330,000-member union signs up with border patrol agents and the New England Police Benevolent Association in supporting the candidate Donald Trump for president.
“Our members believe he will make America safe again,” FOP National President Chuck Canterbury stated in a declaration. “Mr.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.”
Donald Trump met the union in August to seek their endorsement and submitted a survey on their problems. Hillary Clinton did not look for the Fraternal’s endorsement, according to the declaration.
Within organized labor, 2 other unions have actually officially endorsed Donald Trump for president: the New England Police Benevolent Association, which has 5,000 members and the National Border Patrol Council, which represents 16,500 border patrol agents, throughout New Hampshire and Massachusetts. However, surveys and door-knocking by independent labor group Working America have actually indicated more comprehensive support amongst rank-and-file union members, specifically white guys without college degrees.
In its endorsement, the border patrol agents’ union pointed out Trump’s position on immigration and that he is “not a career politician,” calling him “an outsider who has created thousands of jobs, pledged to bring about aggressive pro-American change, and who is completely independent of special interests.” The group called him “outspoken,” “refreshing,” and “bold.”
Jerry Flynn, executive director of the New England law-enforcement officer’ association supporting Trump, stated the group’s choice boiled down to “What is the next president of the United States going to do to unite this country in an effort to save police officers? Because it’s open season on police officers.” Flynn said the election of Trump would be in the “best interest of our members.”
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While organized labor has generally united behind Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, the AFL-CIO has been grappling with support for Trump within its membership and with the role of police unions more broadly in working-class communities of color.