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Philly FOP endorses Donald Trump

The city's union followed the lead of the nation's largest police union.

Officer Andre Smith, right, takes a selfie with Donald Trump while he visited the Getty Images via The Boston Globe

Following in the steps of its national organization, the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police confirmed its support of Donald Trump for president.

The national union — the largest police union in the nation—announced the decision Friday in a statement, saying Trump is a "proven leader … unafraid to make tough choices and see them through." FOP Lodge No. 5 President John McNesby confirmed to several newsoutlets that the Philadelphia branch is bound by the decision of the national union to endorse the Republican candidate.

Trumpmet withFOP President Chuck Canterbury and other union officials in August to sway their support. The union had alsoexpressed disappointmentin opponent Hillary Clinton, viewing her refusal to fill out a questionnairenecessary to win the group's approvalas a snub.


And earlier this summer, the Philly FOP sent a "blistering" letter to the Clinton camp for the Democratic National Convention lineup, which included the mothers of those killed by police, but not the families of slain police officers. Organizers later included former Philadelphia Police Chief Charles Ramsey; Wayne Walker, mother of slain PPD officer Moses Walker; and former New York City Police Department officer Joe Sweeney, who served on 9/11.

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