National Association of Police Organizations endorses Trump

National Association of Police Organizations endorses Trump
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The National Association of Police Organizations, which represents more than 1,000 police units and associations across the country, announced Wednesday it is endorsing President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE in his reelection bid. 

“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 association said in a public letter to Trump. 

The Trump campaign lauded the endorsement as highlighting that Trump is the “Law and Order President,” a term he used himself last month as he threatened to mobilize federal resources to clamp down on protesters demonstrating against police brutality across the country. 

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“President Trump fights every day for the cops that keep us safe. Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says Trump executive order is 'a reckless war on Social Security' Trump got into testy exchange with top GOP donor Adelson: report Blumenthal calls for declassification of materials detailing Russian threat to US elections MORE 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,” Bob Paduchik, the campaign’s senior adviser for law enforcement and labor unions, 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," he added. 

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The police association’s endorsement also comes after Trump held a law enforcement roundtable at the White House earlier this week. 

The Trump campaign doubled down on its message of “law and order” in an ad launched Wednesday, tying presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden to progressive activist's calls to "defund the police." 

The ad says Americans “won't be safe” if Biden is elected. 

However, Biden has refused to back calls to defund the police, a message that has been endorsed by more progressive members of his party, but he has voiced support for further social justice system reforms.