President Donald J. Trump is the most lawless president in U.S. history. He has attacked defenders of law and order at every turn. He has attacked any law enforcement official or agency that points out his illegal activity: the F.B.I., members of the Department of Justice and judges. He is also the most untruthful president in history. The Washington Post has documented more than 16,000. He is also a crook. For example, the millions he had to pay back for the fraudulent Trump University, his veterans scam and his fake Trump charity.
So, it was truly disturbing to see that the New England Police Benevolent Association (NEPBA) was endorsing this man. As the first-line protectors of public peace, the arbiters of the laws, such an endorsement goes against everything police are supposed to stand for!
It is not at all clear how many or what percentage of New England or New Hampshire police supported the endorsement. In his intemperate comments attacking Portsmouth Police Commission Chair Joe Onosko and Executive Director of the Benevolent Association Jerry Flynn obfuscated this information. I still have high hopes that a large number of police, perhaps a majority, opposed this endorsement.
The Portsmouth Police Department has gone through some difficult times in the last few years and has emerged stronger for it. Mr. Onosko has been an important part of that process. Mr. Flynn’s histrionic remarks, intemperate attacks on our elected Police Commissioner and threats to Portsmouth businesses, demean police officers everywhere.