New York City Pat Lynch Police Benevolent Association (NYCPBA) is the largest police union representing 24,000 of the department’s 36,000 police officers. On Friday leaders and representatives of the NYCPBA visited the White House to give their endorsement to President Donald Trump.
Trump has strongly supported law enforcement officers across the U.S. in the face of nationwide protests and riots. In June, Trump referred to himself as “your law and order president.” Trump’s administration has staunchly rejected the movement to defund police departments. In July, the New York City Council approved $1 billion in budget cuts for the New York Police Department
NYCPBA President Patrick Lynch said he could not remember a time in 36 years when the NYCPBA had endorsed any presidential candidate “until now.”
Today, it was my great honor to proudly accept the endorsement of the @NYCPBA! I have deeply and profoundly admired the brave men and women of the #NYPD for my entire life. New York’s Finest are truly the best of the best — I will NEVER let you down! #MAGA pic.twitter.com/o1l5kAx34v
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 15, 2020
Democrats have proven this year to stand with the lawless and criminals across the country. So this year the NYCPBA came out for President Trump.
“Mr. President we are fighting for our lives out there. We don’t want this to spread to the rest of the country. We need your strong voice to say across the country,” Pat Lynch said. “We have the support of law enforcement across this country… In the New York PBA you earn the endorsement. I’m proud to give it.
Lynch criticized local and state government leaders for “passing this false narrative that New York City police officers and law enforcement are evil. How absurd is that? That they blame us for society’s ills?”
Meanwhile, police and law enforcement across the country continue to face riots, lotting, and arson night after night in Democrat-led cities. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Queens) thinks the NYPD union endorsement of President Trump is inappropriate.
“NYPD union endorsed Trump. I’m sure this is part of their neighborhood outreach plan,” she said. “Also, does anyone else see a potential problem with police unions — enforcement arms of the state with lethal weapons — promoting ‘preferred’ candidates for office or is that just me?”
NYPD union endorsed Trump. I’m sure this is part of their neighborhood outreach plan.
Also, does anyone else see a potential problem with police unions – enforcement arms of the state with lethal weapons – promoting “preferred” candidates for office or is that just me? https://t.co/UlmigAuedh
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 15, 2020