In an official statement released Friday, Sept. 4, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) endorsed President Trump’s re-election, saying he has the “full and enthusiastic support” of its more than 355,000 members.

FOP President Patrick Yoes announced Friday morning that the organization, which is the largest law enforcement organization in the country, had voted unanimously to support President Trump’s re-election in the November election. 

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

On Twitter, the FOP also posted its announcement: “Moments ago, National President @PYoes announced that the Fraternal Order of Police has unanimously voted to endorse @realDonaldTrump for President of the United States.”

Since the riots began in major cities after George Floyd’s death in May, the Trump administration has had to deal with the Democratic opposition, which has been defending those protesters who have violently called for the police system to be defunded. The result in cities governed by Democratic politicians was devastating.

Yoes said, in reference to Trump’s response to the riots in U.S. cities, “The FOP is proud to support a candidate who calls for law and order throughout our nation.”

The Trump administration’s so-called Operation Legend ordered more than 1,000 federal agents to be deployed in cities suffering unrest, while local Democratic leaders denied reality and heeded the absurd claims of left-wing sectors that they were not intervening with police forces while causing looting, destruction, and burning of buildings, cars, and historical monuments. 

President Trump always showed himself to be a faithful defender of law and order, understanding that the police forces play a fundamental role in fulfilling those purposes. Therefore, he always condemned any position that considers the possibility of definancing or weakening the police system even slightly. 

The Townhall reported that President Trump’s campaign noted that more than a dozen police organizations across the country support the president in his candidacy, including the National Association of Police Organizations, representing more than 241,000 officers, the International Union of Police Associations, representing more than 100,000 members, the FOP, the New York City Police Charity Association, representing more than 24,000 members, and the Florida Police Benevolent Association, representing more than 30,000 members, among others.

President Trump’s campaign also showed its appreciation on Twitter, “President Trump stands with the good men and women of law enforcement, and they stand with him too!”