Officials with the largest police union in the country are saying that they were snubbed by Hillary Clinton.
The National Fraternal Order of Police, which represents nearly half of all cops in the country, says that Clinton didn’t seek their endorsement and isn’t even talking to them, according to Fox News Insider.
“It sends a powerful message. To be honest with you, I was disappointed and shocked,” Chuck Canterbury, president of union, told The Hill. “You would think with law enforcement issues so much in the news that even if she had disagreements with our positions, that she would’ve been willing to say that.”
The Hill reported that Donald Trump, who is running as the “law and order” candidate, is now actively seeking the union’s endorsement and they visited with Trump on Friday morning to sound out the Republican nominee about his positions on issues of importance to law enforcement officers. Politico first reported the meeting.
The union, which represents 335,000 members, last endorsed a Democratic candidate in 1996, when it supported incumbent President Bill Clinton.
The union will not be meeting with Clinton because her campaign decided not to fill out a questionnaire that is required for seeking the police union’s endorsement.
“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.”
The Fraternal Order of Police has a strict process for making a presidential endorsement.
It first sends each candidate a lengthy questionnaire; after the candidates complete and return their questionnaires, the union distributes the answers to its membership.
Finally, in September, the state chapters vote, and if a candidate receives majority support in two-thirds of the states, he or she wins the union’s endorsement.
This year, only Trump’s campaign filled out the questionnaire.
Canterbury says that to his knowledge the questionnaire snub has only happened once before — in 2004 with John Kerry.
Trump is working hard to win the police union’s endorsement.
On Friday, the GOP nominee led a 40-minute meeting with the union’s presidential screening committee in a conference room at Trump Tower.
Trump was alone at the table, and only accompanied in the room by one aide, Rick Gates, Pasco said.
Trump and the union representatives discussed the presidential questionnaire and the GOP nominee asked about the recent violence against police officers.
“Trump has got a long history of being friendly to law enforcement,” Canterbury said.
“He’s continued that during his campaign. We’ve seen that at most of his campaign stops he takes time to speak to the officers that are protecting him … very respectful, and that’s being recognized by law enforcement officers.”
Canterbury and Pasco said Trump expressed concern about the number of police officers being killed by firearms in the line of duty.
“He wanted to know from us did we feel that there was an uptick in assaults and we of course said yes,” Canterbury said.
The Hill asked Canterbury if he thought Hillary Clinton respected police, to which he replied, “Can’t answer that question. Don’t know.”
Asked about the decision not to seek the police union’s endorsement, Clinton spokesman Jesse Ferguson said, “Throughout her career, Hillary Clinton has been committed to our law enforcement officers.”
If there is any doubt where Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party stand on the issue of the conflict between “Black Lives Matter” and the Police the answer should be perfectly clear – she had the black relatives of victims of police shootings speak at the DNC while shunning the mostly white families of slain police officers killed by black thugs who were more or less waiving the banner of “Black Lives Matter”!