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Former President Donald Trump continues to rack up endorsements, scoring one from the International Association of Police Unions on Tuesday.
“President Trump’s history of support for the men and women of Law Enforcement is unmatched. His policies and actions were directed at improving safety in our communities and the men and women who provide that shield,” the release stated, adding that Trump “earned and deserves” the IUPA’s “wholehearted support.”
The group, which was formed in 1979, noted that Democrat policies and “doctrine” have had “tragic” impacts on communities.
“Much of the Democrat’s doctrine supports defunding the police; favors sanctuary cities, open borders, and reduced accountability for criminal behavior. The tragic result is apparent in those cities who have embraced these policies — the unfortunate forced businesses closures and plight that followed,” the group said.
“Roving gangs are terrorizing retail businesses, raiding them with absolute impunity, akin to a thousand years past — regressive rather than their own progressive ideology. They have not dealt with the consequences of their own failed strategies, while we have all suffered,” the IUPA noted further.
The group is the first police organization to formally back Trump this election cycle. It added that around the country, left-wing Democratic policies are leading to a loss of officers at an “alarming” pace, which then leads to a “diminished presence” in cities that leave citizens vulnerable.
“We firmly believe that Donald Trump can and will address these issues effectively, while reinstating the confidence of a safe and prosperous United States of America,” the group added.
Trump earned the IUPA’s endorsement in 2020, along with that of the National Fraternal Order of Police and the National Association of Police Organization that same year.
The endorsement comes at a time when crime is perceived as a prominent issue early in this election year, as indicated by a TIPP Insights poll published on Sunday. The survey asked participants to identify the top three “issues facing the country.” While respondents mentioned a total of 20 different issues, the top three were the economy (38 percent), immigration and border security (36 percent), and crime (19 percent), Breitbart News noted.
Meanwhile, Democratic senators in swing or trending red states are increasingly shying away from President Joe Biden and declining not to have him appear with them on the campaign trail as his poll numbers decline, even though all of them have supported his legislative and policy agendas.
The Democratic candidates, many of whom are running in either red or battleground states, have refrained from prominently featuring Biden in their social media posts on the X platform since announcing their 2024 campaigns. While none of these Democrats have explicitly endorsed the president’s reelection bid, they have consistently voted in alignment with his agenda throughout 2023, the Daily Caller reported over the weekend.
“Vulnerable Democratic Sens. Jon Tester of Montana, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Jacky Rosen of Nevada agreed with the president anywhere from 94.6 percent to 99.3 percent of the time last year, according to FiveThirtyEight’s estimates,” the outlet noted.
Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego of Arizona, who is vying for the seat currently occupied by independent Senator Kyrsten Sinema, aligns with Biden’s positions in approximately 97.9 percent of his votes, as reported by FiveThirtyEight. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, a Democratic congresswoman running for the seat that Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan will vacate, has shown support for the president’s agenda in about 88.9 percent of her votes.
The DC adds:
Of the few social media posts that Tester, Brown, Casey, Baldwin, Rosen, Gallego and Slotkin have made mentioning Biden on X since launching 2024 Senate bids, many were either critical of him or were calls for action addressed to his administration rather than expressions of support for the president’s reelection bid.
The Democrats occasionally touted Biden’s legislative achievements on the platform, and how their respective states benefited.