Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not a fan of the New York Police Department union’s endorsement of President Trump.
The Democrat from New York said she sees a “potential problem” with police unions endorsing candidates. She made the remarks on Saturday morning, a day after the Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York took the unique move of endorsing Trump’s reelection.
“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?” Ocasio-Cortez said.
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
Trump was endorsed by the state’s largest police union during an event at his New Jersey golf course. PBA President Pat Lynch said the decision marked the first time he could remember his organization backing a presidential candidate.
“Many times, people say that a union like ours, law enforcement groups, give endorsements. Not in the New York City PBA, sir,” Lynch told the president. “In the New York City PBA, Mr. President, you earn the endorsement, and you’ve earned this endorsement. I’m proud to give it.”