National Association of Police Organizations Endorses Trump, After Previous Support of Obama and Biden

The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) is endorsing President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.

The organization took to Twitter on Wednesday with the release of a letter written by NAPO President Michael McHale.

The letter — which was addressed to Trump — highlights and praises the president’s signed initiatives in favor of law enforcement, including the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act and “the revitalization of the Project Safe Neighborhoods program.”

“We particularly value your directing the Attorney General to aggressively prosecute those who attack our officers,” McHale wrote.

See the full letter below:

Although NAPO did not endorse Trump in 2016, the organization did endorse President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections.

The decision to break from its past support of the Democratic Party likely comes amid heightened scrutiny of police departments across the United States. In the letter, McHale alluded to concern about the criticism of law enforcement.

“Our endorsement recognizes your steadfast and very public support for our men and women on the front lines, especially during this time of unfair and inaccurate opprobrium being directed at our members by so many.”

Following the death of George Floyd, protests erupted nationwide with calls to defund law enforcement. Incidents of police brutality have been magnified, resulting in increased calls for police reform.

In the wake of the protests, police unions across the country have pushed back to defend police officers, as previously reported on IJR.

Although Trump has repeatedly attempted to skewer the meaning of “defunding” the police, Democratic leaders — including House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) — have defended their intent with breakdowns detailing what the police reform bill calls for.

NAPO reportedly represents more than 1,000 police units and associations, along with approximately 241,000 police officers, nationwide.

Responses

  1. GC: Forgive my use of the generic term “patrol”. As for interacting with the police, I find that being polite, honest and non-larcenous when out and about works well for this Hispanic, America loving lesbian.

  2. Hugh – I’m not saying police don’t have a role in society. I’m just saying their role will change.

    Calls to 911 would be quickly assessed and a more targeted support would be sent. Sometimes it IS appropriate to send an armed officer. But a lot of times, its not.

    Police reform isn’t a dig at police officers. Its recognizing that too much is on their shoulders and they need help.

  3. You are confused, HWB.

    It isn’t up to you, or Cherl, or I Ching, or even Lying Paul The Emeffer, whether I decide to respond to anything posted on here or not. It is up to me. If I don’t, then move on with your lousy, useless life.

    You are quite welcome to visit my basement, BTW, since you seem fascinated by it.

  4. I’m hurt that General Asshat didn’t respond to my factual comment…because he couldn’t. As I said, General Asshat should call his mommy should the sh!t hit the fan. Mom!! Where’s the meatloaf?!”

    So pathetic!!

  5. Morte206: statically, foot patrols by cops don’t stop crimes all that often. They are reactionary, not pro-active. Even the police are not convinced of their value or effectiveness.

    And if you are a citizen interacting with the police, watch your back, because it is likely painted with red concentric circles.

  6. Maybe the little General and Poenis should call their mommys instead of the big bad Policeman.

    Apparently you two morons didn’t get the memo that more people were hurt and/or killed by thugs, I mean, “the peaceful protesters” this summer, than by any police officers.

  7. Here in NYC if the police patrol a neighborhood it’s racist. If the NYPD virtually eliminates an entire unit, as called for by local activists, and the result is higher rates of crime that’s racist too.

  8. Status quo for police policies doesn’t help the police and it doesn’t help the people they serve. It’s time for a change.

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