Though Hillary Clinton has racked up a considerable amount of support from labor unions, on Friday, the National Fraternal Order of Police, the nation's largest police labor organization, decided to endorse Donald Trump for president in a press release that could barely contain its excitement:
According to its website, the FOP has over 330,000 members in over 2,000 "lodges" around the country. It declined to make an endorsement in the 2012 election, saying that it would be "irresponsible" for the organization to endorse either Mitt Romney or Barack Obama as neither of them were appropriately concerned with law enforcement issues; it made a full-throated endorsement of John McCain in 2008.
The FOP made headlines earlier this year after it asked Congress to designate attacks on law enforcement officers as hate crimes, which has been dubbed "Blue Lives Matter" legislation. Similar legislation has been introduced elsewhere in the country, successfully becoming law in Louisiana. In Chicago, Alderman Ed Burke—a former police officer who has coincidentally helped Trump avoid nearly $12 million in local property taxes—introduced a "Blue Lives Matter" ordinance to the City Council. At the same time, the city's local FOP branch distributed damaging misinformation about the victims of police shootings to the press to attempt to stave off lawsuits from their families.
Shockingly, Trump has yet to tweet his welcome for the endorsement.
Sam Stecklow is the Weekend Editor for Fusion.