Reactions Mixed After Philly’s FOP Endorses Trump

John McNesby, president of the Philadelphia FOP, told CBS that Hillary Clinton “blew the police off.”

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Philly FOP President John McNesby (R). | Photos by AP

Members of Philadelphia’s Fraternal Order of Police union joined more than 300,000 police officers across the country this weekend when the national FOP announced its endorsement of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

The Fraternal Order of Police, the country’s largest organization of police officers, announced its “full support” of Trump in a statement released on Friday. The organization’s president, Chuck Canterbury, said he believes Trump has “has seriously looked at the issues facing law enforcement today. He understands and supports our priorities and our members believe he will make America safe again.”

Trump received a two-thirds majority of the organization’s national board to secure the endorsement.

John McNesby, the president of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5, told CBS that the Philadelphia FOP will follow in the organization’s footsteps in endorsing Trump.

McNesby and the Philly FOP criticized Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for her initial speaker lineup at the Democratic National Convention in Philly this July, claiming she had excluded “the widows, and other family members, of Police Officers killed in the line of duty who were victims of explicit, and not implied, racism, and ‘being on duty in blue,'” though the mother of a slain police officer was added to the lineup.

McNesby recently told CBS that Clinton “blew the police off” and has shown little interest in gaining the approval of the union.

Reactions to the endorsement have been mixed:

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