The same can not be said of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who was left speechless during the first presidential debate on Tuesday evening when Trump asked him to name just one law enforcement group that stands behind the Biden–Harris ticket, the Washington Examiner reported.
“Name one group”
During a back and forth over the ongoing riots in America’s major cities and calls to defund the police, the president made note of the overwhelming support he has received from many law enforcement groups and police unions in contrast to former Vice President Biden.
“He doesn’t have any law support. He has no law enforcement support. Almost nothing,” Trump said of his opponent, according to the Washington Examiner. Biden replied that Trump’s claim was untrue.
“Oh really?” the president fired back. “Who do you have? Name one group that supports you. Name one group that came out and supported you. Go ahead. Think, we have time.”
But Biden, following a second or two of silence, declared that there was no time for him to answer Trump’s challenge, and was spared from any follow-up when the debate moderator, Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, attempted to move the conversation on to another topic.
It was a moment the president himself highlighted on his Twitter page. Take a look:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2020
The contrast is clear
Trump raised a valid point, at least insofar as how Biden has “almost” no support from law enforcement; there is some support for Biden, but very little.
Fox News reported in early September that Biden had received the endorsement of around 175 current and former law enforcement officials — including former U.S. attorneys, state attorneys general, and retired police chiefs and sheriffs — who all decried Trump as “lawless.” But those 175 or so individuals do not constitute an official law enforcement organization and are a mere handful in comparison to the incredible amount of support the president has received, such as from the National Association of Police Organizations or New York City’s Police Benevolent Association.
In fact, the same day the Biden campaign was touting the 175 individuals who endorsed Biden, Reuters reported that Trump had won the support of the Fraternal Order of Police, the nation’s largest police union that represents more than 355,000 officers across the country.
There should be no question which of the two nominees stands with law enforcement, and the fact that Biden could not or would not mention even one of the few endorsements he has received is quite telling.