National Association of Police Organizations endorses Trump

The endorsement bolsters Trump's law and order platform

Updated: July 16, 2020 - 9:57am

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The National Association of Police Organizations said Wednesday that it is endorsing President Trump's 2020 reelection bid. 

“Our endorsement recognizes your steadfast and very public support for our men and women on the front lines, especially during this time of unfair and inaccurate opprobrium being directed at our members by so many,” the group said in a letter to Trump. 

The group, a coalition of unions and police associations, represents roughly 1,000 police units and associations and 241,000 sworn law enforcement officers, according to the NAPO website. 

Trump and his supporters have touted the endorsement as a validation of the president's law and order platform, in office and as a reelection message, as he tries for a second term against Democrat challenger Joe Biden.

Republican candidates have historically run on such a platform. Trump has attempted to capitalize on it amid the nationwide demonstrations following the May 25 death of George Floyd that have includes protests in which stores have been looted and police officers injured.

Trump used National Guard units to calm unrest in Washington, D.C., and has offered federal assistance in other U.S. cities in which violent protests have erupted.