U.S 2020: Fraternal Order of Police endorses Trump

The Fraternal Order of Police endorsed President Trump’s reelection on Friday, saying he has the “full and enthusiastic support” of its more than 355,000 members.

FOP President Patrick Yoes made the announcement Friday morning that the organization, which is the largest law enforcement labor organization in the country, had “unanimously voted to endorse” Trump. The FOP also endorsed Trump in 2016.

“Public safety will undoubtedly be a main focus for voters in this year’s election,” Yoes said. “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.”

Yoes, in a reference to Trump's response to unrest in America's cities that has flared since the death of George Floyd in police custody, added that “the FOP is proud to endorse a candidate who calls for law and order across our nation.”

He said the decision was made through “canvassing the more than 355,000 FOP members throughout the country.”

Yoes went on to tout the FOP’s support as “one of the most sought-after endorsements by candidates running for the presidency.”

“We have a responsibility to our members, to the 800,000 sworn law enforcement officers in the United States, and to the communities they serve to do our part in determining the direction in which our country will head,” Yoes added.

The FOP endorsed former President George H.W. Bush in 1992, former President Bill Clinton in 1996, former President George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004, the late Sen. John McCain in 2008, and Trump in 2016. The FOP did not endorse any candidate—former President Barack Obama or now-Sen. Mitt Romney—in 2012.

The FOP’s endorsement comes after more than 175 current and former law enforcement officers and officials endorsed Joe Biden for president on Friday, while slamming Trump as a "lawless" president.

Fox News first obtained the list of the Biden-supporting law enforcement officials, which includes former U.S. attorneys, former state attorneys general, former sheriffs, and former police chiefs who touted the former vice president’s experience “keeping communities safe.” It includes Janet Napolitano, the former Obama administration secretary of Homeland Security who served as attorney general of Arizona.

“It’s ironic that a lawless president claims to be the ‘law and order’ president,” Noble Wray, retired chief of the Madison, Wis., Police Department, said in a statement.

Also on the list of Biden endorsements, however, was Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, whose city faced unrest for weeks, with protesters creating their own "autonomous zone" and calling for defunding police.