Amid Biggest NH Protests Yet, Trump Downplays Controversy

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Cops back Donald Trump bid.

Donald Trump saidthat as president he would issue an executive order containing the “strong, strong statement” that he wants the death penalty for those found guilty of killing a police officer. “One of the first things I’d do in terms of executive orders, if I win, will be to sign a strong, strong statement that will go out to the country, out to the world, that anybody killing a policeman, a policewoman, a police officer, anybody killing a police officer: Death penalty is going to happen, OK?” Trump told members of the New England Police Benevolent Association in a hotel ballroom on Thursday evening. He also defended his plan to ban Muslims from entering the US in response to recent terror attacks, controversial comments that attracted hundreds of protesters.

Speaking at a police labour union meeting in New Hampshire, Mr Trump criticised efforts by the Obama administration to take away military equipment from security forces following a spate of deadly shootings by officers. “A lot of police officers have been killed,” he said, painting an image of a policeman watching a suspect from his car and then being attacked from behind. Trump, the Republican front-runner for president, spoke for less than 10 minutes during his first trip to New Hampshire since calling for a ban on Muslims entering the country.

Mr Trump’s comments will likely cause anger among the Black Lives Matter movement, among others, who have led demonstration at what they say is a problem with police racism. Asked whether he’s concerned the union’s ties to Trump will reflect badly on the force in light of his anti-Muslim remarks, Flynn said, “How much more can law enforcement be reflected badly on? Dennis Rizzuto, a Carver, Mass., police officer and a board member who voted for Trump, said he didn’t have any pause about Trump’s comments about Muslims. Rizzuto said that Trump is right overall in highlighting the need to address those who come into the country illegally. “I was watching the shows this morning and I am watching the shows tonight, and [they said], ‘Well you know, Trump has a point, the visa system is not working,’ ” Trump said. “There is nobody in this country, if I wanted to be, who couldn’t be more politically correct than me.

As Republican candidates have delicately tried to stake a position in the roiling debate over alleged brutality between police officers and minorities, Trump has firmly planted himself on the side of police. So Donald Trump is a breath of fresh air as far as I’m concerned.” “Close the whole border down,” one union member, who refused to give his name, told the Herald. “Shut it all down until we figure it out — that’s what I want to see.” A throng of protesters lined the road leading up to the hotel before Trump arrived. I like him for the straight talk and the no political correctness.” “I started thinking about all the things that Muslims have invented,” she said. “I found out that a form of shampoo was first invented in an Islamic country several centuries ago.

A group of retired women stood together, yellow stars with six points pinned to their coats: “These symbolise the stars that Jews were forced to wear by the Nazis,” said Diane Straddling, 70. “He is not representing this country or its future. I’m telling you right now, we endorsed a candidate who best serves our membership.” Trump spoke briefly last night at the event, which was open only to union members and press and — in a Trump rarity — did not ridicule or insult any of his fellow candidates. He defended local police departments’ use of military-style vehicles and equipment — as long as they’re trained — which came under fire during the Ferguson, Mo., race riots. “They’re taking away the military equipment now,” Trump told the cops. “Every time I see a conflict, I see a van pull up. If he talks about rounding people up, then that is a dangerous road to go down.” But Mr Trump used some of his stage time to defend his claims, insisting that he was leading Americans to talk openly about fears they had harboured quietly for a long time. All other Republican candidates were in the single digits in the survey. “Not only has his comments this weekend hardened his supporters here, I have found that those who were on the fence are coming our way,” said Trump’s New Hampshire campaign co-chair Stephen Stepanek, a state Representative from Amherst.

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