Cops in Minneapolis recently made national headlines when they came up with a creative response to the department’s policy against wearing their uniforms to political events.
But while hundreds of cops sporting red t-shits showed up to support Trump, another group of current and former police officers from the area stood and protested against President Trump’s speech on Thursday, saying that not all cops are in favor of the current POTUS.
Former Minneapolis and St. Paul police officer Lucia Wroblewski saw the ‘Cops for Trump’ shirts that were made by local police union president Lt. Bob Kroll. And unlike the thousands of officers that reportedly reached out to buy one of the shirts for Trump’s visit to Minneapolis, Wroblewski and her friends felt differently, according to a report from MPR News.
She and a few other officers, who are apparently not fans of the current president, created their own t-shirts. And they wore those shirts outside of the venue where Trump spoke on Thursday, where tensions heated up between supporters and protesters.
As in Portland, San Jose, etc, what happened in Minneapolis last night shows how far-left rioters seek out & chase down outnumbered Trump supporters trying to leave.
Antifa calls oppositional words & ideas “violent” so they can respond w/actual violence. pic.twitter.com/Y4q8qCtG9c
— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) October 11, 2019
They shirts read, “Cops AGAINST Trump” on one side and “FOR the Rule of LAW” on the other.
“I heard about the [Cops for Trump] T-shirts,” she said. “It just really, really made me sad, to think that all cops think that way.”
She said that others feel the same way but are afraid to voice their opinion.
“They don’t like to make their political viewpoints known, but they are disturbed by all that’s happening,” Wroblewski said of other officers. “I mean, these are cops, and they’re for the rule of law. And they see the rule of law being flouted.”
The group of anti-Trump cops stood among the other protesters as things heated up.
Anti-Trump Protesters in Minneapolis Burn American Flag, MAGA Hats https://t.co/cWq6RVqofp
— Katrina Pierson (@KatrinaPierson) October 13, 2019
A vast majority of cops that we talk to don’t see it that way. They support the president because the president supports them. And because they can’t wear their uniforms to his speech, they say that they’re planning to wear the “Cops for Trump” shirts to show a sea of red in support.
The group started with 300 shirts and charged $20 a pop with sales beginning Monday morning.
They sold out within a few hours.
“It’s been outstanding. The phones haven’t stopped,” said Lt. Bob Kroll, the head of the union.
At Minneapolis Police Federation these shirts are going fast.. New shipment expected later today. This is in response to city’s decision to enforce rules against wearing uniforms at political rallies pic.twitter.com/X4jeaytehf
— John Croman (@JohnCroman) October 7, 2019
Even Trump tweeted about how much he loved the shirts, smiling as he walked into the Target Center greeted by a sea of red in the audience.
“There are people waiting, they’re signing up on waiting lists. We knew that it would do well. We didn’t anticipate this large of a demand,” Kroll said about the shirts.
Kroll condemned the department’s conveniently-timed decision to disallow uniformed officers from attending the political events. He pointed out instances where uniformed officers were not only allowed to attend political rallies in uniform, but in some cases were actually forced to do so, like in 1994, when then president Bill Clinton visited Minneapolis during the signing of his crime bill and in 2013 when Obama made an appearance.
At that event, Kroll said that some officers were in attendance in uniform “against their will.”
While some police officers seem to not be huge fans of Trump, others have loudly voiced their support.
Because the president has been so openly supportive of police and initiatives to make communities safer for both law enforcement and citizens, the International Union of Police Associations officially endorsed President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.
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As reported by Courthouse News Service:
“IUPA President Sam Cabral said Trump made communities safer by signing executive orders to equip police with life-saving military equipment, championing the Mental Health and Wellness Act – which improved police access to mental health services – and providing funds to hire more law enforcement officers.”
Cabral also went on to state, “[President Trump] has even undone some of the harmful acts of his predecessor.”
The reasoning behind why the union chose to support the Republican President over that many [emphasis on the many] democratic candidates who are vying for the highest office in the nation:
“Every top Democrat currently running for this office has vilified the police and made criminals out to be victims. They seem to take any union’s support for granted. Many of them still refer to the tragedy in Ferguson as a murder, despite the conclusions of every investigative inquiry to the contrary. While his candor ruffles the feathers of the left, I find it honest and refreshing. He stands with America’s law enforcement officer and we will continue to stand with him.” IUPA President Cabral stated.
For anyone that might argue that his support for police is, “just for show”, it can be confirmed that this is far from a campaign strategy. Long before Donald Trump became President there are confirmed reports of him at ground zero multiple times supporting the first responders after the horrific terrorist attacks that took place on September 11th, 2001.
Former NYC Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik who served at the tie of September 11th gave an interview with Breitbart News stating:
“I must have seen [Donald Trump] down there — I don’t know — I want to say between five and ten times walking through Ground Zero, talking to the first responders — motivating, inspiring, whatever you want to call it — and he wasn’t the only one.”
He went on to explain:
“People normally didn’t come down [to Ground Zero] unless there was a camera around.”
Some have criticized the President accusing him of lying about being at the site of the fallen towers, but Kerik quickly came to his defense explaining:
“I ran into [Donald Trump] numerous times. He thanked me. He thanked us for what we were doing, and then I heard his comments yesterday. I didn’t think a thing of it. I was sitting right in front of him, and then I saw an article last night written by somebody at CNN criticizing him for saying that he was there with an inference that he was not, which is a lie. He was there. … I was there at Ground Zero when [Donald Trump] would walk through there and thank everybody he came across.”
Kerik went on to state, President Trump is:
“Very supportive of law enforcement! Nobody has to tell me how supportive [Donald Trump] is of the men and women in law enforcement and the military. I know. I’ve known the guy 25 years.”
Regarding the formal endorsement from The International Union of Police Associations, Trump Campaign Manager Brad Parscale released a statement September 9th stating:
“The President stands behind police and honors them for risking their lives daily. Too often today, law enforcement officers are treated as scapegoats, when in fact their jobs are incredibly difficult, dangerous, and depend on life-or-death, split-second decision-making. This union endorsement of President Trump means a great deal, because not only does the president stand for working people, he also stands for law enforcement.”
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