Shortly after the New England Police Benevolent Association voted to officially endorse him, Donald Trump declared that as president he would demand the death penalty for cop-killers.
“One of the first things I’d do in terms of executive order, if I win, will be to sign strong, strong statement that would go out to the country, out to the world, anybody killing policeman police woman, police officer, anybody killing police officer, the death penalty is going to happen,” said Trump during a five-minute address to an audience in New Hampshire.
“We can’t let this go,” he said, referencing the targeting of cops, including the execution-style shooting of two New York City officers in 2014.
“I want to let you know, the police and law enforcement in this country, I will never ever let them down,” he pledged. “The job they do and the job all you in this room do is second to none, and everyone in our country knows that.”
As the The Hill notes, the NEPBA‘s executive director, Jerry Flynn, has been vocal in his criticism of President Obama’s rhetoric which he and his fellow officers feel has repeatedly undermined law enforcement officials. Flynn called for the boycott of Obama’s speech at a Boston Labor Day rally celebrating unions in September, saying, “We’re talking about an epidemic and the President of the United States has blood on his hands.”
“Our members are enraged at [Obama’s] lack of support of law enforcement. It’s clear that he has an agenda and unfortunately, the police are not part of his agenda,” said Flynn in a statement calling for the boycott. “I mean, [Obama] had the opportunity to do things then and he didn’t, and all he’s done is escalated and allowed these people that are hellbent on causing problems to do so”
“I think it would send a message to people in law enforcement that we have a commander in chief who actually is backing the people who are in the war on the street,” said Flynn.
Sounds like the NEPBA found their guy.
H/t The Hill.