We are finally started to see the butterfly effect of the “defund the police” movement hurting the Democratic party.
Not only has the nation’s largest police union endorsed Trump, but more local Democrat leaders are switching parties, such as is the case for Indiana Sheriff Dave Wedding, who is leaving the Democrat party and will run as a Republican in the next race.
Dave Wedding is the twice-elected Democrat Sheriff of Vanderburgh County. After watching what has been going on in this country over the last three months, he announced last week that he is now going to switch over to the Republican party, the Associated Press reported.
“I’m tired of seeing fires set in our streets. I’m tired of people defying God, our church, our police, our government and everything we stand for,” said Wedding. He also accused Democrats of wanting to burn the American flag “every day.”
It took about 10 seconds for local Democrats in office that have supported Wedding to throw him under the bus and attack him. Vanderburgh County Democratic Party officials immediately accused Wedding of “political opportunism.”
“Democrats love their country and that’s why we are fighting so hard for the preservation of democracy,” the AP quoted county Chairwoman Edie Hardcastle as saying. “We are fighting for our flag and the rule of law as long as it is applied to all Americans, and the freedom of religion so we can all worship as we like in the United States.”
Indiana Democrats walk away
Wedding is not the only Indiana Democrat to switch parties over the summer.
Both the mayor of Hobart, Indiana and the sheriff of Posey County, Indiana have also defected to the Republican party earlier this year, both citing dissatisfaction with the Democrat Party platform’s move to the left.
“The efforts of the progressive left have driven many people, moderates and conservatives, away from the Democratic Party,” Mayor Brian Snedecor said in August when he announced his decision to leave the Democratic Party.
In a Facebook post in June, Posey County Sheriff Tom Latham explained, “The unity and hope once idealized by John F. Kennedy has been replaced with divisiveness and anger. Personally – and professionally – I can no longer be a member of an organization that promotes this agenda. I will not sit silently as Democrats urge the defunding of police across our nation.”
Trump wins police endorsements
As anti-police protests and riots rocked American cities over the summer, President Donald Trump positioned himself as the law-and-order president and called for more support of law enforcement. On Friday, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) joined more than a dozen law enforcement organizations in endorsing Trump for re-election, according to Fox News.
The FOP president said in a statement, “Public safety will undoubtedly be a main focus for voters in this year’s election. Look at what the national discourse has focused on for the last six months. President Trump has shown time after time that he supports our law enforcement officers and understands the issues our members face every day.”