The leadership of the top police union in the country said Hillary Clinton snubbed them by making it apparent she wouldn’t be seeking its endorsement.
“It sends a powerful message. To be honest with you, I was,” National Fraternal Order of Police president Chuck Canterbury 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,” he said.
Canterbury made the comments when he spoke to The Hill by phone on Friday after he left Trump Tower, where Donald Trump was actively seeking the group’s endorsement.
They will not meet with Clinton as she did not fill out the required questionnaire to seek its endorsement, The Hill reported.
“We were talking to the highest levels of the campaign, and we had all indications that she was going to return the questionnaire,” he said.
“And on the deadline date we were advised that they declined.”
The questionnaire is part of the process to obtain the union’s endorsement, according to The Hill.
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.
He said President Obama submitted the questionnaire in both 2008 and 2012.
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