There is no question that President Barack Obama and his administration demoralized our local police officers.
Obama took his radical, left-wing ideology and fanned the flames of racial hatred by attacking the police publicly, blaming them for deaths involving black victims.
It all started when, after the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. for disorderly conduct, then-President Obama said:
“I don’t know – not having been there and not seeing all the facts – what role race played in that, but I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two that he Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home.”
Then there were the incidents of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and other racially-sensitive tragedies which happened across America. Each time, Obama focused the blame on the police officers.
In July of 2016, after 5 police officers were murdered in Dallas by a psychopath who “wanted to kill white people,” Obama couldn’t help but take another shot at the police:
“We’re here to honor the memory, and mourn the loss, of five fellow Americans — to grieve with their loved ones, to support this community, to pray for the wounded, and to try and find some meaning amidst our sorrow … [but] with an open heart, police departments will acknowledge that, just like the rest of us, they are not perfect; that insisting we do better to root out racial bias is not an attack on cops, but an effort to live up to our highest ideals.”
Deaths of cops have skyrocketed, and police have become afraid of policing inner-city communities, due to fear of being called racist.
But this is all changing!
In his Inaugural Address, President Trump spoke positively about the police, and LEOs feel emboldened to do their jobs, now that Obama is out of the White House:
“Our job is not to make life more comfortable for the rioter, the looter, or the violent disrupter. Adding that “supporting law enforcement means supporting our citizens’ ability to protect themselves.”
Now, police are thrilled to work with Trump’s pro-police administration to undo the damage Obama has done:
The police groups want to discuss the decrees with Jeff Sessions, Trump’s designee for attorney general who has voiced criticism of them, although any renegotiation would be legally complicated because all parties as well as a federal judge must approve any changes.
“There are certainly decrees that are inartfully applied that we’d like to see revisited,” said Jim Pasco, the head of the Fraternal Order of Police, the nation’s largest police union with 330,000 members. It endorsed Trump in September and has worked with Sessions, a Republican senator from Alabama, for years while lobbying Congress for pro-police policies.
“We’ve always found him a man who’s willing to listen to alternatives to a previously charted course,” Pasco said of Sessions.
As an editorial for Police Magazine notes, Trump is a breath of fresh air for the men and women in blue:
Trump, for all of his flaws and his mistakes on the campaign trail, seems to support law enforcement officers. A year ago he spoke in front of officers in the Northeast about his support for a federal death penalty for cop killers. He also actively sought the FOP’s endorsement and received it. “[Trump’s] made a real commitment to America’s law enforcement, and we’re proud to make a commitment to him and his campaign by endorsing his candidacy,” National FOP President Chuck Canterbury told Politico.
This is fantastic news! The officers of our local police departments keep our families and communities safe. Instead of being attacked and insulted, the police deserve our support and prayers.
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