As the 2020 presidential campaign heats up on the Democratic side, a law enforcement group representing over 100,000 police officers in America is getting solidly behind the Republican president in his bid for re-election.
“Today President Sam A. Cabral announced that the International Union of Police Associations, AFL-CIO, has formally endorsed the campaign for the re-election of President Donald J. Trump,” read a press release from the organization on Monday.
Check out this tweet below, for starters.
.@TeamTrump welcomes the International Union of Police Associations’ endorsement of @realDonaldTrump!@parscale: “President Trump stands behind & supports our men & women of law enforcement & honors them for risking their own lives every day to keep the rest of us safe…” pic.twitter.com/8BJ43I5Blf
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) September 9, 2019
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Sam Cabral did not mince words about what Trump has done for America’s police: “President Trump has done more for law enforcement in the past two-and-a-half years than was accomplished in the eight years that preceded his election.”
Wow. That’s a strong endorsement.
The press release listed a number of things the president has done for law enforcement.
“He has even undone some of the harmful acts of his predecessor,” the release continued, citing the following:
- “He signed an order that once again provided law enforcement agencies with life-saving surplus military equipment, especially armored vehicles that have saved the lives of countless police and civilians.”
- “He directed the Attorney General to develop a strategy that will aggressively prosecute criminals who attack law enforcement.”
- “He provided more than $100 million to help communities hire more law enforcement officers.”
- “He championed and signed the Mental Health and Wellness Act that improved police access to mental health services.”
- “He has resumed capital punishment of federal prisoners sentenced to death after a nearly two-decades pause.”
Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale noted the significance of this endorsement.
“HUGE union & law enforcement endorsement for @realDonaldTrump — International Union of Police Associations, representing 100,000 cops! IUPA has history of bipartisan endorsements,” Parscale tweeted.
“Trump stands WITH POLICE OFFICERS who keep us safe in our neighborhoods.”
HUGE union & law enforcement endorsement for @realDonaldTrump – International Union of Police Associations, representing 100,000 cops!
IUPA has history of bipartisan endorsements.
Trump stands WITH POLICE OFFICERS who keep us safe in our neighborhoods.https://t.co/c30zCctChO
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) September 9, 2019
The IUPA press release made clear President Trump has helped make the country safer.
“He has made our communities safer,” it read. “Despite the daily news of violence, murder, and mayhem in the Democratic strongholds of Baltimore as well as Chicago and the absolute deteriorable situation of the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco, the national crime rate has decreased during his presidency.”
Cabral also pulled no punches in contrasting Trump’s relationship with law enforcement compared to that of his Democratic rivals.
“Every top Democrat currently running for this office has vilified the police and made criminals out to be victims,” Cabral said. “They seem to take any union’s support for granted.”
“Many of them still refer to the tragedy in Ferguson [Missouri, in 2014] as a murder, despite the conclusions of every investigative inquiry to the contrary,” Cabral continued. “While [Trump’s] candor ruffles the feathers of the Left, I find it honest and refreshing.”
This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission. This article has been updated.
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