The president of the National Fraternal Order of Police — the nation’s largest police union — is upset with Hillary Clinton, after her campaign informed the union that she will not be seeking its endorsement.
FOP president Chuck Canterbury told The Hill:
“It sends a powerful message. To be honest with you, 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.”
Canterbury and other FOP officials met with Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Friday. The GOP nominee is actively seeking the endorsement of the union — which claims to have 335,000 members.
However they will not meet with Clinton due to her refusal to complete a questionnaire, which the union requires from candidates seeking an endorsement. Canterbury seemed stunned by the refusal:
“We were talking to the highest levels of the campaign, and we had all indications that she was going to return the questionnaire. And on the deadline date we were advised that they declined.”
Following the murder of five police officers in Dallas, last month, Trump proclaimed himself the “law and order candidate,” while slamming Clinton as a “weak, ineffective” alternative.
Incidentally, Clinton tweeted her support for Black Lives Matter, following the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille in separate police actions.
Alton Sterling Matters.
Philando Castile Matters.
Black Lives Matter. pic.twitter.com/GmUFN9sDH6
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 7, 2016
Following a meeting with Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza, last week, Clinton failed to gain the movement’s endorsement.
Garza recently slammed Clinton, saying she only “uses black people for votes” and “photo ops,” but doesn’t “do anything for black communities.”