National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Vice President Joe Gamaldi, demanded that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden be clear about what he thinks of the violent far-left group, antifa.
In an interview with Fox News, Gamaldi recalled that Biden called antifa just “an idea” during the debate with President Donald Trump last month.
“Vice President Biden said Antifa is an idea. Well, excuse me, but ideas don’t throw bricks at officers’ heads,” he said, adding, “They don’t hit officers in the head with baseball bats.”
“They don’t throw Molotov cocktails, and they don’t attempt to assassinate police officers,” he added.
Gamaldi said Biden should apologize to the police officers.
“Vice President Biden, frankly, owes an apology to every single law enforcement officer across this country that puts a uniform on every single day,” he said.
He also said that law and order is a critical issue for American society. He cited a recent survey by Monmouth University that shows 65% of Americans said law and order was a serious issue in the country.
The FOP has 355,000 members in more than 2,100 local organizations, making it the largest union in the United States.
“We are the voice of those who dedicate their lives to protecting and serving our communities,” FOP officials emphasize on their website.
“We are committed to improving the working conditions of law enforcement officers and the safety of those we serve through education, legislation, information, community involvement, and employee representation,” they explained.
Unlike Biden, President Trump has made “law and order” one of his campaign promises in the face of the often violent riots in several U.S. cities following the death of African American George Floyd.
Last month, the Chicago Police Union backed President Trump for re-election, adding to the support the organization had already given him nationally.
“President Trump has shown time after time that he supports our law enforcement officers and understands the issues our members face every day,” FOP National President Patrick Yoes said in early September.
“The FOP is proud to endorse a candidate who calls for law and order across our nation. He has the full and enthusiastic support of the FOP,” said Yoes.
In July, the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) also supported the re-election of Donald Trump.
It is worth noting that the NAPO had endorsed Democrat Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 (in 2016 it did not endorse any candidate), whose running mate was Joe Biden.
But this time it leaned toward President Trump in recognition of his “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.”