The Chicago Police Union has endorsed Republican President Donald Trump’s re-election bid adding to the support that the organization has given the president at the national level.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the local Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) board met on September 2 and voted unanimously to support Trump’s candidacy for a second term.
The president of the local FOP, John Catanzara, highlighted the support the president has given to law enforcement during the recent riots that occurred in several cities around the country following the death of African-American George Floyd in late May.
“I will do whatever I can for him—clearly,” Catanzara said, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Although the Democrats govern the city of Illinois, the police officer noted that “there’s even some Democrats who would agree that the current president has been very good for employment and law enforcement these days.”
President Trump’s firm stance in maintaining “law and order” after the protests, which turned extremely violent in many cases, was praised by senior police officials.
“Look at what the national discourse has focused on for the last six months. 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.
“Public safety will undoubtedly be a main focus for voters in this year’s election,” Yoes said according to a statement cited by The Hill.
The FOP has more than 355,000 members, making it the largest union in the country. In 2016, it had already endorsed then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.
The union said it sent a questionnaire to both Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden and received responses from both campaigns in mid-July.
It then sent both contenders’ responses to its members so that they could choose to support either one, and thus the support for the Republican candidate announced on September 4 emerged.
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.
“During his first four years, President Trump has made it crystal clear that he has our backs,” he added, arguing, “Our members know that he listens to the concerns of our brothers and sisters in uniform and is able to make tough decisions on the issues most important to law enforcement.
“President Trump is committed to keeping our communities and families safe.”
In July, the National Association of Law Enforcement Organizations (NAPO) also supported Donald Trump’s re-election.
In this regard, it is worth noting that NAPO had supported Democrat Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, whose running mate was Joe Biden. NAPO did not support any candidate in 2016.
But this time, he leaned toward 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.”
NAPO brings together more than 1,000 units and associations and 241,000 uniformed members across the country.
NAPO’s President Michael McHale, sent a letter of appreciation and support to the president, highlighting several actions the president took recently. They included ordering the Attorney General, William Barr, to prosecute those who attack officers, signing the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Welfare Act, and revitalizing a program aimed at reducing violent crime.