In a stunning move, the Philadelphia Firefighters and Paramedics Union voted to endorse President Trump in the 2020 presidential election. The union broke from the heavily Democratic International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), which almost always endorses the Democrat nominee.
The Philadelphia Firefighters’ and Paramedics’ Union broke from the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and “proudly” endorsed President Trump for re-election, citing the overwhelming support for the president among members.
“The Philadelphia Firefighters’ and Paramedics’ Union, Local 22 of the International Association of’ Fire Fighters proudly endorses President Trump for re-election,” the union announced on Tuesday, hours ahead of the first presidential debate.
My father was a Philly firefighter for more than forty years and he would have hated this decision. Personally, I think it’s glorious.
“The members of Local 22 respectfully break with the undemocratic IAFF endorsement of Joe Biden and pledge our full support to President Donald J. Trump,” President Mike Bresnan said in a statement, explaining that IAFF’s endorsement of Biden was done “without a canvas of local unions and the consideration of the rank and file IAFF membership.”
Local 22 members, which represent over 4,700 current and retired first responders, were surveyed and “overwhelmingly” chose the president, Bresnan said, adding that IAFF leaders should view the endorsement as a “wake-up call.”
The Fraternal Order of Police also runs toward the Democrats, and my local – and useless – FOP always sends out mailers encouraging us to vote for the leftists on the ballot. Most of the cops I know shred those mailers come election time, and when our local FOP considered endorsing Hillary, we unwashed masses went ballistic. Our local FOP punted in 2016, and did not endorse any candidate, despite the popularity of Trump among the members.
I don’t know if this is a turning point for Philadelphia blue collar workers. In fact, I highly doubt it. Trump is a political anomaly, and I think he resonates with regular schmoes, so he’ll likely earn some blue votes. Maybe some Philly Democrats are finally waking up to the fact that their party has done nothing to improve this city in the last seventy years.