Former President Donald Trump commemorated the 9/11 anniversary by making a surprise visit to a New York Police Department precinct to show support to the first responders.
Meeting with NYPD officers and officials on Saturday, Sept. 11, Trump told them that they could straighten out crime in New York “in one week” if leadership let them do their job, Newsmax reported.
“I appreciate you, and you don’t get enough credit. If they let you do your job, you could do this job very quickly,” Trump said.
As some in the crowd nodded their heads, Trump jokingly warned them to “just stand,” because the media and Democrats were watching.
“Don’t nod, because if you do nod, you’ll get in trouble, O.K.?” he said. “So just stand and just be perfect.”
“But, if they let you do your job, you wouldn’t have crime in New York. I want to thank you very much. You are incredible people,” the former president said.
One officer asked if he would announce another run for president, or if not, would he consider running for mayor of New York City, his former home city.
“That’s an interesting question,” Trump replied. “I would love that! I’d say, ‘Fellas good luck, go to town.’ They’d be announcing in one week: ‘There’s no crime in the city; there’s no crime, what the hell happened? That was the easiest job ever.”
“That would be such an easy job, but I appreciate that question. That’s cool,” Trump said.
Trump said that it is very embarrassing for New York City where “you have antifa running down the streets and burning down your buildings and all of this and they don’t do anything about it.”
“It can’t go on for much longer. It can’t. You are incredible men and women, and thank you all very much. I’m with you all the way,” he said.
In his remarks, the former president also rebuked President Joe Biden, the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the handing of the country back over to the Taliban.
“We didn’t surrender, our people didn’t surrender, and our soldiers sure as hell didn’t surrender,” Trump said.
Turning back to the NYPD, Trump said, “And you never surrendered. You could straighten out this city, if you had the proper leadership, you could straighten out this city in one week. And the incredible thing about you: You know who the bad guys are, because you see them, and you get taunted by them. I know what happens. They taunt you, and you’re not allowed to do anything. You have to sit back and take it.”
“And you could stop it so fast, if they’d let you, but they don’t want to do that.”
One asked if Trump would consider declaring a day of recognition for American law enforcement, he responded: “I think that’s a really good point, and I like it. Thank you, great question. It’s a rare question that I hadn’t heard before, and that’s one I should have been hearing a lot.”
After squeezing in for a photo with the crowd, the former president signed the stationhouse logbook, writing, “I love you all!”
Trump left the NYPD’s 17th Precinct in midtown just after 1:40 p.m. He exited to cheers and applause, with one well-wisher screaming, “Thank you for keeping us safe.”
According to New York Post, officers lined up outside the stationhouse in formation to greet Trump, and the former president shook hands and posed for photos with them.
A tweet from The Hill showed that Trump told the audience: “We love the blue. I’ll say it loud. You know, you’re not supposed to say that. We love the blue.”
Bernard Kerik, 40th Police Commissioner of the NYPD, shared a video on his Twitter featuring Trump’s stop in New York City street to visit with cops and firemen.