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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez let it be known that a police union’s endorsement of President Donald Trump is simply not acceptable.
The New York Democrat suggested there is a “potential problem” with unions representing the “enforcement arms of the state” now endorsing the president’s reelection bid. Ocasio-Cortez slammed the historic decision by the New York City Police Benevolent Association to back Trump in a tweet on Friday.
The union, which represents 24,000 NYPD officers, announced its official endorsement of the president and met with him personally on Friday when Trump stopped in New York City to visit his brother in the hospital. The lack of support for the NYPD by Democratic lawmakers like Mayor Bill de Blasio in the wake of recent rioting and looting was the last straw for the union members who boldly voiced their support of Trump.
“I cannot remember when we’ve ever endorsed for the President of the United States until now. That’s how important this is,” Pat Lynch, the president of the New York’s PBA, said.
Ocasio-Cortez, whose district includes parts of the Bronx and Queens, voiced her disapproval in a tweet.
“NYPD union endorsed Trump. I’m sure this is part of their neighborhood outreach plan,” she wrote. “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
Conservative radio host Dana Loesch delivered a much-needed history lesson to the congresswomen.
The National Association of Police Organizations endorsed Obama in 2012, so did the Correction Officers Benevolent Association, and a bunch of other groups whose promotion and position is questionable. But it only matters now because Trump. https://t.co/R5TL5clTye
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) August 15, 2020
Weeks ago, the Democrat had indicated that the proposed $1 billion New York City budget cuts to the police department were not enough.
“Defunding police means defunding police. It does not mean budget tricks or funny math. It does not mean moving school police officers from the NYPD budget to the Department of Education’s budget so the exact same police remain in schools,” she said in a statement in June.
“It does not mean counting overtime cuts as cuts, even as NYPD ignores every attempt by City Council to curb overtime spending and overspends on overtime anyways,” Ocasio-Cortez added. “If these reports are accurate, then these proposed ‘cuts’ to the NYPD budget are a disingenuous illusion. This is not a victory. The fight to defund policing continues.”
Meanwhile, the budget cuts as well as the reassignment of 600 undercover officers in the Anti-Crime Unit have led to a breakdown in the city that has been pummeled by rising crime, violent protests and an economic emergency in the wake of the coronavirus lockdowns.
Last month, Ocasio-Cortez accused the NYPD of “snatching women off the street and throwing them into unmarked vans,” adding that it’s “our responsibility to resist authoritarianism.”
The reckless disregard for law enforcement by the city’s Democrat leaders pushed the NYPD union to officially back Trump.
“Mr. President, we’re fighting for our lives out there. We don’t want this to spread to the rest of the country. We need your strong voice across the country,” Lynch said at an event at Trump’s Bedminster club in New Jersey.
“I will never let you down!” Trump said in a tweet. “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.”
During his remarks in New Jersey, the president blasted Democrats for waging “a left-wing war on cops” and called out de Blasio for launching a “crusade against the police.”
Meanwhile, Ocasio-Cortez was slammed on social media for her comments about the NYPD union endorsement.
— Errol Webber For Congress (CA-37) (@ErrolWebber) August 15, 2020
You clearly hate the police. This post drips with contempt for the NYPD. The day you put Americans and their safety first is the day you start to earn respect from people outside your little blue district.
— Razz Zinger (@RazzZinger) August 15, 2020
Now do teachers unions
— pete (@angrypete13) August 15, 2020
For so many years the unions have notoriously supported Democrats. It amazes me now that the amount of comments of “Unions shouldn’t support…etc “. Where has this sentiment been for last 50 years? Amazing
— Dan Simoneau (@dsim329) August 15, 2020
Would you really expect them to endorse the defund movement who have been nothing but rude and disrespectful? Go back to bartending. You hate the police so get over it. The NYPD make a lot less money but do a lot more than what you do. Running your mouth doesn’t stop crime.
— Abraham Woodhull (@AbrahamWoodhul5) August 15, 2020
NYPD has done more for the community than you have. Shootings and crime sky rocketing and your another absent politician who is no where to be seen in their districts they cover. Your a keyboard politician
— DR J (@SHANTYIRISH21) August 15, 2020
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