Donald Trump participated in the 36th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service Monday morning, and true to form, he callously used the speech to political ends.

The annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service is a solemn occasion that was marked with dignity by President Barack Obama every year of his presidency, but under Donald Trump, it turned into just another political event.

Trump used his speech, before tens of thousands of law enforcement officers and families of the fallen, to reward the Fraternal Order of Police for their support during his political campaign, and pledged his support for them in return:

I will always support the men and women of law enforcement as much as you have always supported me. And you did. Bigly.

In doing so, Trump presumed to speak for law enforcement officers who may or may not have supported him, and turned a solemn occasion into a partisan political event.

Trump also, once again, attempted to insert himself into the tragedy of 9/11:

The entire world witnessed the heroism of New York’s finest when they gave their lives on 9/11 — I was there — and sacrificed so much in that brutal, horrible aftermath.

What Trump failed to mention is that while brave first responders were sacrificing themselves at Ground Zero, Trump was bragging that he now owned the tallest building in New York.

Trump has claimed to be a huge supporter of law enforcement and has promised to give them every resource they need to do their job. However, during his brief time in office, he has already found himself on the opposite side of law enforcement on more than one issue.

In Texas, several police chiefs penned an op-ed criticizing a state immigration law that would implement the draconian policies Trump supports.

Trump also proposed cutting the budget of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) from $388 million to a mere $24 million, as well as other cuts to anti-drug programs that police warned him not to touch.

Trump’s performance at this event was perhaps best summed up, though, by this moment, in which he congratulated himself for not wearing a hat during the service, despite the wind’s effect on his famous coif:

To show you, by the way, how much I love our police, I said, “Oh, I’m going to need a hat because it’s so windy today.” I said, “When I get out of here, there’s no way I’m going to put on this hat.” So we’ll leave off the hat. And this is for you, Mike.

Trump’s lip service to police officers is belied by his actions, and by the lack of seriousness with which he treated this occasion.


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