Fraternal Order of Police Endorses Trump as President Positions Himself as the Law and Order Candidate

A national police fraternal group said it is endorsing President Donald Trump's reelection bid.

In a tweet, the National Fraternal Order of Police, which represents over 350,000 members, made the announcement Friday.

On behalf of the 355,000 members of the Fraternal Order of Police, we are proud to unanimously endorse @realDonaldTrump for President of the United States. #FOP4Trump

— National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) (@GLFOP) September 4, 2020

"Public safety will undoubtedly be a main focus for voters in this year's election," said National Fraternal Order of Police President Patrick Yoes in a press 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 is proud to endorse a candidate who calls for law and order across our nation. He has the full and enthusiastic support of the FOP."

Yoes further added: "During his first four years, President 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."

Newsweek reached out to the National Fraternal Order of Police for additional comment, but did not receive a reply in time for publication.

The endorsement is the latest that the president, a staunch advocate for law enforcement, has received recently from police-related organizations as he looks to defeat Democratic rival Joe Biden in the upcoming November election. The support came amid nationwide protests in the last few months about systemic racism and police brutality following the death of George Floyd, a Black man, in Minneapolis while in police custody.

In July, the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) gave its stamp of approval for the president. In a statement, NAPO President Michael McHale wrote: "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."

The following month, the Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York, also backed Trump. "Many times, people say that a union like ours, law enforcement groups, give endorsements," NYC PBA President Patrick Lynch told Trump during an appearance at the president's golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. "Not in the New York City PBA, sir. In the New York City PBA, sir, you earn the endorsement and you've earned this endorsement. I'm proud to give it."

Another law enforcement union in New York, the New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association, gave Trump an endorsement. Thomas Mungeer, the union's president, told the New York Post in August: "Donald Trump has our back. President Trump has supported us when so many people have turned against us."

But such support for Trump from law enforcement has not been universal. On Friday, over 75 current and former sheriffs and police officers endorsed Biden, according to a list obtained by Fox News. Tom Manger, a former president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association and retired chief, told the news channel: "Joe Biden has always stood on the right side of the law and is offering a much-needed vision for our Nation. When asked the question, would you feel safe in Joe Biden's America? The answer is yes."

Meanwhile, a police union in Cleveland is staying away from endorsing a presidential candidate entirely this November for the first time in its 51-year-old history. According to a report from August, the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association said it will support neither Trump nor Biden. The decision was reportedly due to division among the union's members following the group endorsement of Trump in 2016.

The president, who has frequently tweeted "LAW & ORDER!", affirmed his support for law enforcement during a White House meeting in July. "My administration is pro-safety, pro-police and anti-crime," he said. He also lit into Biden and the 'radical left' in a July 15 tweet that referenced police: "Joe Biden and the Radical Left want to Abolish Police, Abolish ICE, Abolish Bail, Abolish Suburbs, Abolish the 2nd Amendment – and Abolish the American Way of Life. No one will be SAFE in Joe Biden's America!"

Trump has also been an opponent of calls to defund police and accused Biden of supporting such a move—an accusation that the former vice president has denied.

"I don't want to defund police departments," the former vice president said in a recent ABC News interview. "I think they need more help, they need more assistance, but that, look, there are unethical senators, there are unethical presidents, there are unethical doctors, unethical lawyers, unethical prosecutors, there are unethical cops. They should be rooted out."

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NYCPBA President Patrick Lynch (2nd L) presents US President Donald Trump with a statue after he delivered remarks to the City of New York Police Benevolent Association at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ, on August 14, 2020. JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images/Getty