New York’s largest police union made a massive announcement Friday that just might swing the perennial blue state toward the red column this November.
The New York City Police Benevolent Association (PBA), the largest union of New York Police Department (NYPD) officers, endorsed President Donald Trump last week, prompting outrage among Democrats, as Fox News reported.
Trump scores major endorsement
Trump has traditionally earned praise and support from America’s law enforcement officers, but the endorsement from the PBA is something truly special.
The NYPD has regularly cowered to Democrats seeking office in the state, largely because there wasn’t much of an option otherwise. The state and city of New York have long been run by Democratic politicians, and going up against the machine under such circumstances is a risky move for an organization that relies on the elected officials for its operating budget.
But now, an organization that comprises some 24,000 NYPD officers, according to its website, has thrown all of that out the window.
Their endorsement of Trump comes after leftist leaders in the Big Apple and elsewhere turned their backs on the police amid widespread calls to defund law enforcement.
Indeed, now that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has taken the side of the radical progressives, slashing funding for police and advocating for the early release of criminals, it should come as no surprise that officers are ready and willing to hit the reset button.
Democratic backlash ensues
The PBA’s endorsement had barely hit the newswires when Democrats flew into a predictable rage. According to Fox, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) offered a particularly hostile reaction in which she seemed to suggest that police officers are not actually entitled to voice support for a political candidate — despite the fact that their votes are invariably courted by both parties each and every election cycle.
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
Ultra progressive Jamaal Bowman, the Democratic candidate who just unseated longtime Rep. Eliot Engel in a heated primary battle, also chimed in with his take on the PBA’s endorsement of Trump, as Fox reported.
I’m speechless. NYC is a beautifully diverse, working class, democratic city. The NYPD is clearly showing they are not interested in working with the people of our city. This explains their continued aggression against innocent people. It’s time for dramatic change. https://t.co/5Xjl3ThJHa
— Jamaal Bowman (@JamaalBowmanNY) August 15, 2020
This is the new left, folks: agree with us — or else.