Largest police union in U.S. endorses Trump for reelection

by Bryan Brammer · Sep 4th, 2020 3:04 pm

Last Updated Sep 7th, 2020 at 11:22 am

The largest police union in the United States on Friday announced its endorsement of President Trump, lauding him for his commitment to support law enforcement.

The Fraternal Order of Police, which has more than 355,000 members, said in a statement that the organization is "proud to endorse a candidate who calls for law and order across our nation."

"Public safety will undoubtedly be a main focus for voters in this year's election," FOP President Patrick Yoes said in a statement. "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."

The FOP sent a questionnaire to both Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden and received their responses in mid-July. The union shared the presidential candidate's responses with its members so it could make a decision on whom to endorse.

Yoes said that over the course of the past four years, Trump "has made it crystal clear that he has our backs."

"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," Yoes said.

The union backed Republican nominees in 2000, 2004, 2008, and Trump in 2016. They did not endorse a candidate in 2012. The last Democrat the FOP supported was President Bill Clinton in 1996.


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