The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) is endorsing President Donald Trump for a second term in this upcoming November’s Presidential Race. The law enforcement organization released a statement on Friday to announce the endorsement.
In the statement, National President Patrick Yoes speaks out about the decision to back the sitting President. According to Yoes, all 355,000 members of the FOP unanimously voted for President Trump.
Yoes points to several controversial issues in this year’s election that he says the FOP feels that President Trump may be better suited to handle.
“Public safety will undoubtedly be a main focus for voters in this year’s election,” Yoes said. “Look at what the national discourse has focused on for the last six months. President Trump has shown time after time that he supports our law enforcement officers and understands the issues our members face every day.”
Furthermore, Yoes points to Trump’s first term as another reason why the FOP supports the President.
“During his first four years, President Trump has made it crystal clear that he has our back,” Yoes said. “Our members know that he listens to the concerns of our brothers and sisters in uniform and is able to make tough decisions on the issues most important to law enforcement. President Trump is committed to keeping our communities and families safe.”
According to Yoes, the FOP also feels that the decision to back President Trump best serves the interests of all sworn law enforcement officers in the country.
“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 to do our part in determining the direction in which our country will head,” Yoes says.
President Trump Reacts to the Fraternal Order of Police Endorsing Him
President Donald Trump took to Twitter during the week to express his gratitude to have the FOP’s support. “A GREAT HONOR, THANK YOU!” the President writes.
The FOP also endorsed President Trump in the last election in 2016, Fox News reports. However, in the previous election, the FOP chose not to endorse President Barack Obama or then-candidate Mitt Romney.
In contrast to the FOP, more than 175 current and former law enforcement officers recently endorsed Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
[H/T Fox News]