WASHINGTON, August 8, 2016 – Much is said about Donald Trump turning off voting blocks, but Hillary Clinton might take the cake as the Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton chose the endorsement of the militant Black Lives Matter group, and chose to not pursue the endorsement of the the Fraternal Order of Police.
The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) asks the candidates to complete a form, providing their position on issues of concern to the group. Clinton staff told the FOP that she would not be completing the form nor seek the endorsement of the men and women in blue.
Chuck Canterbury, president of FOP told The Hill that they expected Clinton to return the questionnaire.
“We were talking to the highest levels of the campaign, and we had all indications that she was going to return the questionnaire,” Canterbury said. “And on the deadline date we were advised that they declined.”
Mr. Canterbury says that he and others union members went to Trump Towers Friday, to discuss Trump’s positions on law enforcement. At the Republican National Convention Trump declared himself the “law and order” candidate and police from numerous states went to Cleveland to provide safety and security to convention goers.
While Clinton panders to the black vote to Black Lives Matter, co-founder Alicia Garza, said that the candidate only “uses black people for votes” and “photo ops,” but doesn’t “do anything for black communities” after getting elected, despite the support optic that the mothers of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner gave at Democratic National Convention, where they each praised Clinton.
“Hillary Clinton has the compassion and understanding to support grieving mothers,” Sybrina Fulton, mother of Martin, said. “She has the courage to lead the fight for commonsense gun legislation. She has a plan to divide that so often exists between law enforcement and the communities they serve.”
John Kerry, the Democrat nominee in 2004, is the only other president candidate to snub the powerful law enforcement union that represents. The last time FOP endorsed a Democrat was in 1996, when the union endorsed Clinton’s husband, Bill.
According to Wikipedia: “The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) is a fraternal organization consisting of sworn law enforcement officers in the United States. It reports a membership of over 325,000 members organized in 2100 local chapters (lodges), organized into local lodges, state lodges, and the national Grand Lodge.”