The Philadelphia Fire and Paramedics Union broke ranks with the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), which previously endorsed Democratic candidate Joe Biden and expressed support for President Trump for re-election, Breitbart reported.
Using its Twitter account, Local 22 a union of about 4,700 Philadelphia paramedics and firefighters with a 100-year history that belongs to the International Association of Firefighters, posted a letter of support to the president, and stated, “Philadelphia Firefighters and Paramedics Union proudly endorses President Donald J Trump for re-election.”
— IAFF Local 22 (@IAFF22) September 29, 2020
In the letter signed by President Michael Bresnan, Local 22 declares a “respectful break” with the IAFF and explains that the official support given to Biden was made without regard to the fact that the vast majority of its members support President Trump.
Bresnan said, “They know what is at stake in this election and this endorsement should be a wake-up call to IAFF leaders that have lost touch with the will of the membership. There is tremendous support for President Trump among first responders and we encourage other IAFF locals to confer with their members.”
According to Bresnan, during the Obama administration, several fire stations were closed and it was President Trump who enabled federal resources to get them back up and running with the equipment needed to protect the people of Philadelphia.
Minnesota, another stronghold Democrat, also supports Trump
In late August, six Minnesota Democratic mayors also published a letter of support for President Trump, saying the Democratic Party has drifted so far to the left that it is unrecognizable, according to the Daily Wire.
“Like many in our region, we have voted for Democrats over many decades,” the letter said. “We have watched as our constituents’ jobs left not only the Iron Range, but our country. By putting tariffs on our products and supporting bad trade deals, politicians like Joe Biden did nothing to help the working class.”
“Today, we don’t recognize the Democratic Party. It has been moved so far to the left it can no longer claim to be advocates of the working class,” the Minnesota mayors ruled.
Both the endorsement of the Philadelphia firefighters’ union and the Minnesota Iron Range mayors have meant hard blows for Biden, since these are two of the states that usually give victory to the Democrats.