DeSantis Endorsed by Largest Police Union in Florida, Went With Trump in 2020
Florida Governor and 2024 Presidential candidate Ron DeSantis picked up a significant endorsement in his home state on Monday from the largest police union in Florida, the Florida Police Benevolent Association.
President John Kazanjian praised DeSantis, calling him the “most effective governor in the nation, and said that he will “make public safety a top priority in the White House” in a press release.
🚨 The Florida Police Benevolent Association endorses @RonDeSantis for president:
"[DeSantis] will take his proven track record to the White House, where he will continue to have the backs of law enforcement officers & make public safety a top priority."https://t.co/UUt126FjXB
— Team DeSantis (@TeamDeSantis) June 26, 2023
“In major cities and communities across America, many Americans are grappling with increased crime rates that not only jeopardize public safety but also threaten the quality of life in their communities,” Kazanjian said. “The ideological experiment of defunding the police and scapegoating law enforcement for America’s social problems has failed.”
Kazanjian said DeSantis is the “one candidate for president with a proven track record in enhancing public safety and investing in the essential men and women who help maintain public safety daily.
DeSantis has been a vocal supporter of law enforcement and has supported a series of measures to retain and recruit new officers as the profession faces a shortage of qualified officers nationwide.
In his previous term, DeSantis gave officers a bonus of $1,000 and supported a $5,000 bonus for officers to relocate to Florida.
Gov DeSantis on legislation giving police that relocate to Florida a $5,000 signing bonus –
“We will treat you better here and you can fill important needs for us and we will compensate you as a result” 🤝 pic.twitter.com/zZL2IGvfRV
— AllegianceToLiberty (@AllegianceTL) October 24, 2021
“For the over 30,000 men and women in the Florida Police Benevolent Association, the choice for us could not be clearer,” Kazanjian said of the union’s decision to endorse DeSantis for President.
He said that DeSantis has made Florida a ‘law-and-order state’ and touted the Governor’s investments in law enforcement.
“Governor Ron DeSantis and his administration have made Florida a law-and-order state by investing in and supporting the thousands of law enforcement officers who serve on the front lines in keeping our communities safe and secure.”
While violent crime is rising in many of America’s namesake cities, such as New York and Chicago, crime is at a 50-year low in Florida.
DESANTIS: "Florida's crime rate is at a 50-year low" while violent crime skyrockets in states across the country. pic.twitter.com/2TK3sjqpn3
— DeSantis War Room 🐊 (@DeSantisWarRoom) May 1, 2023
The endorsement statement further said that DeSantis is an ‘effective’ Governor who has made Florida a place for all Americans to live ‘safely and freely.’
“Governor DeSantis has made Florida a destination for all Americans to live safely and freely,” the release states. “He is one of the most effective Governors in the nation, and he will take his proven track record to the White House, where he will continue to have the backs of law enforcement officers and make public safety a top priority.”
While businesses have continued to flee cities like San Francisco due to homelessness and crime issues, Florida has seen net positive migration for people and companies.
Florida emerges as corporate migration magnet: headquarters influx surges by 86 percent https://t.co/KutrLKiOmN
— KRYSTAL in FL 🐊 🇺🇸 (@MsBradsher) June 26, 2023
Beyond focusing on support for police and combatting crime, DeSantis traveled to Texas this week to discuss his immigration platform.
“On Jan. 20, 2025, we will be on a mission to stop the invasion at our southern border to fight the drug cartels that are poisoning our citizenry, to build the border wall, and to reestablish the sovereignty of this nation,” DeSantis said during the visit. “We are done with promises. We are done with slogans. Now is the time for action. No excuses. We will get the job done.”
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