Setback For Biden As NAPO Endorses Trump's Re-election Bid
The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) has endorsed the re-election bid of U.S President Donald Trump.
The Organization in a letter said it endorsed the Republican flagbearer because of his "steadfast and very public support for men and women on the frontlines".
The organization's president, Michael McHale, stressed in the letter that Trump's support mattered "especially during this time of unfair and inaccurate opprobrium being directed at our members by so many".
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"We particularly value your directing the Attorney General to aggressively prosecute those who attack our officers, … and your unflagging recognition that America's law enforcement officers, just like any other citizens, have Constitutional rights, too", the letter read.
Trump, famous for promoting a "law and order" agenda, thanked NAPO for their endorsement, vowing to "always back the men and women in blue". Earlier, in a meeting with the organization on Monday, he said that his administration is "pro-safety, pro-police and anti-crime".
Police officers have seen a wave of nationwide anti-racism and anti-police brutality protests that have sometimes turned violent, as protesters demand to "defund the police" or even disband police departments altogether in favour of a "community-based" implementation of public safety.
Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and Trump's potential rival, rejected the idea of dismantling police departments, but stood with the idea of redirecting some aspects of police funding.
NAPO switched its presidential endorsement from 2008 and 2012, when the organization supported the campaign of former US President Barack Obama and Joe Biden. In 2016 election, NAPO did not endorse a candidate.