Hillary Clinton referred to Donald Trump’s followers as the “basket of deplorables.” Well, they’ve spoken and the United States has elected a new president, and it’s not Ms. Clinton.
Whether you like him or not, it’s refreshing to hear a businessman turned politician praise people wearing a badge. President-elect Donald Trump has done it throughout his campaign, and he remembered peace officers during his acceptance speech in the early morning hours Wednesday once his projected total in the Electoral College exceeded 270, the minimum required for victory.
While there are a number of politicians who faintheartedly praise cops when they’ve done something heroic, and excoriate individual officers when circumstances are controversial, Trump offered affirming encouragement to a profession that has been battered in the news. His “law and order” platform offers hope that cops are not doing their work in vain.
These were his comments regarding the United States Secret Service:
I’ve gotten to know some incredible people—the secret service people. They’re tough, and they’re smart, and they’re sharp, and I don’t want to mess around with them, I can tell you. And when I want to wave at a big group of people, and they rip me down and put me back in the seat. But they are fantastic people, and I want to thank the secret service.
Trumps comments were unique in that they were unsolicited and unnecessary. While offering thanks to people that helped with his election, few politicians would have thought about law enforcement, but he did. With 5000 officers on duty around New York City, how could a person be unaware of their dutiful presence. This is what he said about police officers in New York:
And law enforcement in New York City, they are here tonight. These are spectacular people. Sometimes under-appreciated unfortunately. But we appreciate them. We know what they go through.
So love him or loathe him are individual choices, but at least our next president has an awareness of the difficult job performed by men and women in uniform.