Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton has made it plain and clear that she isn’t interested in an endorsement from the largest police union in the country.
The union is shocked, insulted… and talking to Trump.
Every election year, the National Fraternal Order of Police – which includes about 335,000 members – goes through a strict process for making a presidential endorsement. The union sends out a detailed questionnaire to each candidate, then they distribute the answers to the membership, and each chapter votes in September. The candidate with a two-thirds majority wins the union’s endorsement.
This year, the only questionnaire they received back was from the Trump campaign. On the deadline date for returning the questionnaire, the Clinton campaign advised the Union that they were going to pass.
Chuck Canterbury, the president of the National Fraternal Order of Police, said, “It sends a powerful message. To be honest, I was disappointed and shocked. You would think with law enforcement issues so much in the news that even if she had disagreements with our positions, that she would’ve been willing to say that.”
The Hill reported that Canterbury and other leaders of the police union met with Trump Friday morning in Trump Tower, to discuss his positions on the issues that are important to law enforcement. Trump, accompanied by only one aide, Rick Gates, spent 40 minutes with the union’s “presidential screening committee,” including Canterbury and Jim Pasco, the police union’s national executive director.
They said Trump asked about the recent increase in attacks against police officers, and he pledged his support for federal funds and training, “as long as it can stay within the budget.”
Canterbury said, “Trump has got a long history of being friendly to law enforcement. He’s continued that during his campaign. We’ve seen that at most of his campaign stops he takes time to speak to the officers that are protecting him … very respectful, and that’s being recognized by law enforcement officers.”
As for Clinton… “She isn’t talking to us,” Pasco said.
“We are an organization that tries to be bipartisan and works with members of either party wherever we have common ground. And the idea that a presidential candidate would not want to at least talk to an organization that represents almost half of the police officers in the United States and is a thought leader in the public sphere … is very disappointing.”
They are also disappointed that Clinton put more focus on having the mothers of those killed by police to speak at the Democratic convention, than focusing on officers killed in the line of duty.
Canterbury wrote a scathing letter before the convention, expressing the Union’s shock and anger that the convention would invite the mothers to speak in a direct slam against law enforcement.
The National Fraternal Order of Police will be making their endorsement of a presidential candidate on September 16-17 in Nashville, they advised on their Facebook page.
The following video was of Trump thanking the officers who had protected him after a rally in San Diego earlier this year.