Two weeks ago the National Fraternal Order of Police announced its endorsement of Donald Trump for president. While national FOP President Chuck Canterbury acknowledged this is “an unusual election,” he said the endorsement came down to a choice between a candidate who engaged the union and one who did not.
“We have a candidate who declined to seek an endorsement and a candidate without any record as an elected official,” Canterbury wrote in a Sept. 16 press release. “Mr. Trump, however, has seriously looked at the issues facing law enforcement today. He understands and supports our priorities and our members believe he will make America safe again.”
An endorsement vote, Canterbury wrote, requires at least a two-thirds majority of the FOP national board, which consists of one trustee from every state lodge—50 people. The union boasts more than 330,000 members.
Both the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia FOP lodge votes followed suit endorsing Trump. But while Pittsburgh FOP President Robert Swartzwelder said he has heard no pushback from members who might disagree with the vote representing Fort Pitt Lodge 1’s 750 dues paying officers.
Swartzwelder said Clinton did not respond to a survey, and declined to be interviewed by the national FOP. Trump did both.