In September the Fraternal Order of Police, the largest U.S. police union, is likely to give its presidential endorsement to Donald Trump. Even before the union’s slap at Democratic convention organizers for featuring the bereaved mothers of black civilians but not the widows of slain cops, Trump had been solicitous of the 330,000-member organization, reports The Marshall Project. The Trump campaign submitted detailed answers to the union’s candidate questionnaire, while the Clinton campaign declined to participate. A Trump endorsement would be unsurprising given the Republican nominee’s declaration that he intends to be a law-and-order president. The FOP has not endorsed a Democrat since Bill Clinton’s tough-on-crime campaign in 1996. (The FOP’s James Pasco said he made repeated efforts to get a questionnaire from Clinton.)
“The crime and violence that today afflicts our nation will soon — and I mean very soon — come to an end,” Trump declared at the Republican convention last week. “ Beginning on January 20th, 2017, safety will be restored.” The campaign’s answers to the police union give reasons why such a feat would be impossible. The campaign cited the limits of a president’s power to control crime and violence. The president must defer to states, or to local governments, or to Congress, Trump told the FOP.