This week, presidential candidate Donald Trump released a nauseating video praising police, at a time when they are killing and arresting more innocent people than ever. In the video, Trump attempted to gloss over the harm that police have on American culture, and instead suggested that the daily crimes committed and oppression inflicted is just “a few bad apples” or bad situations.
“The fact is, they do an incredible job, we have to give them more authority and more respect. Without police, we wouldn’t be sitting here, we wouldn’t have the lives we have,” Trump said in the video.
The police in our country do not get respect. Our law enforcement officers deserve our appreciation for the incredible job they do. #MakeAmericaGreatAgainText TRUMP to 88022 to get exclusive updates from the campaign trail.
Posted by Donald J. Trump on Sunday, February 28, 2016
However, if there were so many “good cops” out there as Trump claims, then they would break ranks with the other police and actually do something about the “bad cops.” Instead, these supposed good cops allow the corruption to continue, and they themselves continue to enforce laws that they know are unjust. The only good cops are the ones who become whistleblowers, break ranks with their gang, and refuse to enforce unjust laws.
Trump suggests that police need to be given more authority when in reality the problem is that they already have so much authority that they are effectively above the law.
Trump’s constant praise of police during a time where they are extremely popular, has already won him some votes and support from law enforcement. While most of the other candidates are recognizing the problems that exist with police brutality, at least for the sake of pandering to voters, Trump has taken a hard line in support of police and has disregarded any of the legitimate complaints against him.
Several months ago one of the larger police unions in the country actually went so far as to endorse Donald Trump.
The New England Police Benevolent Association said in a statement that said in part, “Listen, our message very clear: It’s what is the next president of the United States going to do to unite this country in an effort to save police officers? Because it’s open season on police officers. At this point, those of us who are supportive of any party have to look at what is the best interest of our members.”
Naturally, police are going to gravitate towards whoever fills them with the most praise and empty promises, this is unfortunately how politics works.
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