In 2008, the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) threw their endorsement behind Barack Obama and his running mate, Joe Biden. In 2012, they endorsed the duo once again. In 2016, they were apparently uneasy about Hillary Clinton, so they decided to withhold their endorsement altogether. But in 2020, with Biden back on the ticket, one might have expected that they would return gladly to the Democrat fold and give Uncle Joe the boost he needs to attract votes from law enforcement officers across the country.
On Wednesday, they did the exact opposite.
After meeting with President Trump earlier in the week, representatives from NAPO announced that they were endorsing the president’s reelection bid, thanking him for his “steadfast and very public support” during this time of public rebellion against the cops.
In a letter, NAPO president Michael McHale said that Trump’s support of law enforcement was crucial “during this time of unfair and inaccurate opprobrium being directed at our members by so many.”
“We particularly value your directing the Attorney General to aggressively prosecute those who attack our officers,” McHale wrote.
While it may seem surprising at first that an organization that represents more than 1,000 police associations and more than 200,000 officers would shift so suddenly from a dedicated endorsement of Obama/Biden to one of Trump, it certainly makes sense given what we’ve seen over the last month or so. Biden has yet to get behind defunding the police, because let’s face it, he’s not a complete fool. But his gestures of support for American law enforcement have been timid and weak, his support for Black Lives Matter loud and proud.
No matter what Biden may privately believe about police and the people who hate them, his public pronouncements make it abundantly clear that he is going to go whichever way the leftist winds are blowing. If you’re a police officer in America right now, that should fill you with dread.
On the other hand, Trump has not waffled.
“Our officers have been under vicious assault,” Trump said Monday. “Reckless politicians have defamed our heroes as the enemy…These radical politicians want to defund and abolish the police. My administration is pro-safety, pro-police and anti-crime.”
It’s fairly remarkable that we live in a day and age that to declare yourself “pro-police and anti-crime” is considered a radical, controversial, and even racist statement. But that’s the case. And that’s why, if you want to have any hope whatsoever of a future where we don’t have utter chaos in the streets, you’d better damn well figure out which politicians are on the same page.
And which ones aren’t.