The nation’s largest police union endorsed Donald Trump on Friday, saying the candidate “understands and supports our priorities.”
According to a release by the national Fraternal Order of Police, the GOP nominee garnered the requisite support of over two-thirds of the national board, which is made up of representatives from each state.
“[Trump] has seriously looked at the issues facing law enforcement today. He understands and supports our priorities and our members believe he will make America safe again,” said Chuck Canterbury, the FOP’s national president.
“He’s made a real commitment to America’s law enforcement and we’re proud to make a commitment to him and his campaign by endorsing his candidacy today,” he added.
— National FOP (@GLFOP) September 16, 2016
The organization has more than 330,000 members nationwide.
The Republican candidate “met with top officials from the FOP at Trump Tower in May, and he has made stops on the campaign trail at the union’s local chapters,” The Hill reported.
“Obviously this is an unusual election. We have a candidate who declined to seek an endorsement and a candidate without any record as an elected official,” Canterbury said in the FOP release.
Democrat nominee HIllary Clinton refused to fill out the organization’s questionnaire, which is necessary to be eligible for the endorsement.
Clinton is perhaps leery of alienating potential African-American supporters, who may believe police have not treated them equally.
Clinton tweeted in July:
Alton Sterling Matters.
Philando Castile Matters.
Black Lives Matter. pic.twitter.com/GmUFN9sDH6
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 7, 2016
Canterbury stated he believes Trump has what it takes to be president though lacking a political pedigree.
“Donald Trump may not ever have been elected to public [office] but he is a proven leader, and that’s what we need for the next four years — a leader unafraid to make tough choices and see them through.”
The FOP endorsed Bill Clinton for president in 1996 and Sen. John McCain in 2008. The organization choose not to endorse during the 2012 race.
The GOP nominee also received the endorsement of the National Border Patrol Council in the spring. The organization represents 16,500 agents.
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