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President Donald Trump is vilified in the media for taking a stand for law and order over the lawlessness seen in many American cities, but the respect and admiration the president enjoys from law enforcement is a testament to how police officers feel about that stance.
Then again, given how they too are vilified by the liberal media, police officers have a lot in common with Trump.
A retiring police officer who tweets under the name Joel shared video footage of an encounter he had with Trump on an airport tarmac, where he gives the president his flat badge.
“I had the honor of closing out my career as a police officer by gifting my flat badge to [Trump] for his unwavering support of law enforcement throughout his presidency,” the caption read.
I had the honor of closing out my career as a police officer by gifting my flat badge to @realDonaldTrump for his unwavering support of law enforcement throughout his presidency. @PressSec pic.twitter.com/16HCXlWcRG
— joel (@votefreedom2020) October 20, 2020
“Can I give this to you, sir?” he asked. “I’m retiring in 12 days and my last act as a police officer, sir, is that I want to give you this on behalf of all the men and women who wear the badge who have your back because you have ours.”
The man in the video appears to be wearing a uniform, and President Trump was clearly moved by his gesture.
“You’ve got to be kidding me,” Trump said at one point, before signaling to an aide to take the badge.
In a follow up tweet, Joel commented on the response to the video.
“I am overwhelmed at the response to this video! Thank you to all the officers that reached out to me with your stamp of approval regarding my message [Trump] and thank you to everyone who shared such kind words! I will do my best to catch up on the messages tomorrow,” he tweeted.
I am overwhelmed at the response to this video! Thank you to all the officers that reached out to me with your stamp of approval regarding my message to @realDonaldTrump and thank you to everyone who shared such kind words! I will do my best to catch up on the messages tomorrow.
— joel (@votefreedom2020) October 21, 2020
In responding to a social media user, Joel called the moment “powerful,” and agreed that it “touched” the president.
It seemed like it touched him. He gave me a big thumbs up when he got into the limo, and it was powerful!
— joel (@votefreedom2020) October 21, 2020
President Trump was endorsed last month by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the nation’s largest police union.
On Monday, as early voting got under way in Florida, a uniformed police officer with the Miami Police Department showed his support for the president by wearing a pro-Trump mask at a voting site.
Naturally, the left was aghast, accusing the city of voter intimidation.
Chief of Police Jorge Colina said Officer Daniel Ubeda’s behavior was “unacceptable and “a violation of departmental policy.”
“He is under investigation and disciplinary measures will be taken,” Suarez said.
Here’s a sampling of responses to the retiring officer turning over his badge from Twitter:
That is so freaking fantastic!!!
— Travel with Wayne Moran (@waynemoran_inc) October 21, 2020
Good for you man! Brings tears to the eye!
— The Stupendous Yappi 🇺🇸🇨🇴🏁🏒🥅🥊🚨🥇🏆👍 (@NASCARNAC) October 21, 2020
This is amazing. Thank you to all the #LEO !! #BackTheBlue
— #TheBestIsYetToCome ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@lori89144) October 21, 2020
Thank you so much for your service and for honoring our wonderful President with your badge! 🇺🇸💪🏻
— ✨GLORIOUS ACB✨ (@PibbleGal) October 21, 2020
Thank you for your service, and from the bottom of my heart, thank you for encouraging our president. Well done!
— Cindy LaMar (@CindyLaMar) October 21, 2020
What a great honor for our President. This is so thoughtful of you sir. It breaks my heart to see what the police officers have been going through since late May. God Bless you and God Bless America 🇺🇸 🙏 🇺🇲🙏🇺🇲🙏🇺🇲
— Barbara Shaw (@Barb_bgnr2016) October 21, 2020
What an honor! My son is an LEO and has always been apathetic toward politics. A month ago he told me that NOTHING would keep him from casting his vote for Pres. Trump on Nov. 3! His fellow LEOs will vote with him! #RedWave2020
— Erin Stevenson (@ESQWrites) October 21, 2020
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