The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) is throwing their weight behind President Trump after Joe Biden and the Democrats exposed themselves as anti-police savages.
NAPO did not endorse a candidate in the 2016 election but endorsed former President Barack Obama and then-Vice President Joe Biden in both the 2008 and 2012 elections.
Their decision to endorse President Trump’s reelection comes as they praise his “steadfast and very public support” for law enforcement.
NAPO President Michael McHale said Trump’s support is needed “during this time of unfair and inaccurate opprobrium being directed at our members by so many.”
“We particularly value your directing the Attorney General to aggressively prosecute those who attack our officers,” McHale wrote in a letter.
President Trump on Monday met with the police association, which represents more than 1,000 smaller police associations and 241,000 officers.
The Democrats have painted a target on the backs of the nation’s police and Biden has faced a tremendous amount of backlash for not only failing to condemn it, but even condoning it.
While Biden’s campaign has staunchly opposed the idea of abolishing police departments, the candidate said in a recent interview that police should “absolutely” be defunded.
In a Now This interview with activist Ady Barkan, the Democrat candidate said police forces have “become the enemy” in a community.
Trump, for his part, has billed himself as the president of “law and order.” During the NAPO meeting Trump on Monday planned to make his pitch to the National Association of Police Organizations as to why the group should endorse him.
“Our officers have been under vicious assault,” Trump said Monday during a roundtable with people whose lives have been positively impacted by law enforcement. “Reckless politicians have defamed our heroes as the enemy…These radical politicians want to defund and abolish the police.”
Trump added: “My administration is pro-safety, pro-police and anti-crime.”
“Joe Biden was a very strong supporter of them years ago, and he’s been kidnapped now by the anti-police rhetoric,” Paul Digiacomo, the president of the Detective Endowment Association, told Fox Business. “There’s a big question amongst our members if Joe Biden is going to stand up and support the police.”
The Trump campaign welcomed the news in a statement:
“Joe Biden has done nothing to stop his party’s ‘defund the police’ movement and remains silent as police officers across the country are being attacked by violent rioters and protesters,” Trump 2020 Senior Advisor for Law Enforcement and Labor Unions Bob Paduchik said in a statement.
“This endorsement for President Trump highlights that as the Law and Order President, he is defending the hardworking people who risk their own lives every day to keep our communities safe.”
Former NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik, said that the organization’s endorsement of the president is “enormous,” but “only the beginning.”
“You have to realize, [there are] 800,000 to 900,000 local, state and federal police officers, law enforcement officers in this country. And, if they’re watching the news, if they’re watching what’s going on on a daily basis around the country — whether it’s Atlanta, New York City, Baltimore, Portland, Seattle — the Democrats are completely anti-police, anti-law enforcement,” he remarked.
“If that’s the case, there’s only one vote you need. And, that’s for this president who has consistently…been a super pro-law and order president,” said Kerik.