Pundits have speculated that recent protests at Donald Trump rallies have only served to increase support for the billionaire businessman, but with one segment of the population at least, that may well prove to be true.

American law enforcement officers have felt abandoned by the Obama administration following the president’s comments in well-publicized cases such as “the police acted stupidly” and “if I had a son, he would look like Trayvon,” and have been under siege from Black Lives Matter protesters who chant, “Pigs in a blanket – fry ‘em like bacon.”

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have demonstrated that the their sympathies lie with protesters and criminals, not the members of the “thin blue line” who risk their lives on a daily basis to keep the public safe.

Trump has made it known that he respects and supports law enforcement and won the endorsement of the New England Police Benevolent Association, but it may be the conduct of the protesters attempting to shut down Trump rallies that wins him the support of the rank and file police.

Trump recently cancelled an event scheduled for the University of Illinois – Chicago campus after a large group of anti-Trump groups, possibly egged on by Weathermen founder and Obama friend Bill Ayers, turned violent, injuring five officers in the mayhem, even as the protestors blocked the path of ambulances.

At another chaotic anti-Trump gathering, a woman was arrested and charged with striking a police horse, Dan, after screaming in the animal’s face to try to frighten him.

And just a few days before the Arizona primary, Tucson police officer, Brandon Tatum, shot a video of his experience when he went to a Trump rally as a private citizen, out of uniform.

Tatum said he was worried “a full-fledged riot” would break out because the protesters were “verbally violent, screaming “F*** Donald Trump and black lives matter, swearing, screaming and pushing people to the ground.”

“I’m a police officer and I have been through a lot of dramatic situations and I have to be honest, I felt very uncomfortable there. I gained a lot of respect for Donald Trump,” said officer Tatum, who is African-American.

 

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