The New York Police Department (NYPD) union suffered backlash from local Democrat officials after it endorsed President Trump’s reelection amid budget cuts and tensions between police and city lawmakers.
President Trump spoke to members of the New York City Police Benevolent Association (PBA) on Friday from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
President Trump told the group – who represent 24,000 police officers – “No one will be safe in Biden’s America.”
“This guy has been taking your dignity away and your respect,” Trump said of former Vice President Joe Biden. “And I’m telling you on Nov. 3 you’re going to be getting it back.”
The association’s President Pat Lynch said: “I have 36 years on this job, 21 as the president of this fine organization. I cannot remember when we’ve ever endorsed for Office of the President of the United States, until now. That’s how important this is.”
“Many times people say that a union like ours, law enforcement groups, give endorsements. Not in the New York City PBA, sir,” Lynch continued. “In the New York City PBA, Mr. President, you earn the endorsement and you’ve earned this endorsement. I’m proud to give it.”
“I’ve admired you my whole life, watched you do a job like nobody else, nobody else done it. Best of the best and I’m grateful happy you’re here,” the president said to the group of officers in attendance.
However, the democrats were disgruntled.
New York Democrats said the police union’s endorsement of such a highly unpopular politician within the city was exacerbating tensions between them and the community.
“NYPD union endorsed Trump. I’m sure this is part of their neighbourhood outreach plan,” tweeted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose district spans the Bronx and Queens.
“Also, does anyone else see a potential problem with police unions – enforcement arms of the state with lethal weapons – promoting “preferred” candidates for office or is that just me?” she added.
“I’m speechless. NYC is a beautifully diverse, working class, democratic city. The NYPD is clearly showing they are not interested in working with the people of our city,” tweeted Jamaal Bowman, a progressive newcomer who overthrew longtime Rep. Elliot Engel in a June primary.
“This explains their continued aggression against innocent people. It’s time for dramatic change,” he said.
The NYPD have born the brunt of the Democrats anger since George Floyd died.
New York politicians cut $1 billion from the police budget among other police reforms which has led to an increase in crimes.
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