The New York Daily News reports:
President Trump politicized a longstanding bipartisan tradition honoring fallen police officers on Monday, attacking his political opponents while promising to stand up for police officers.
“A very sad thing is many of today’s politicians don’t want to say that, don’t want to talk about that, because it’s not politically correct or they think it might hurt them with the voters. I will say that and I will talk about that proudly,” Trump said at the 36th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service, held on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Monday,
The president made a point to single out and honor many of the officers slain in the past year, and paused his speech to toss a hat to a child of a Phoenix officer killed in the line of duty. But at an event he described as a “most solemn occasion,” he still couldn’t resist veering into politics time and again.
President Trump tosses a ‘45’ hat to the son of a fallen police officer pic.twitter.com/lzrlndqWWY
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) May 15, 2017
— deathandtaxes (@DeathAndTaxes) May 15, 2017
You lose your father forever….
Trump: "Here kid, catch this hat that I don't want anymore." https://t.co/mNoUpJJgPH
— John Ix (@FrogAlaPeche) May 15, 2017
@BraddJaffy Am I correct in thinking Trump gave the boy a $2 dollar hat but took away his healthcare?
— CouchPhilosopher ❄️ (@myob2016) May 15, 2017
Fair play to Trump, every day he surprises me. Today he shows the son of a dead police officer how much he cares by throwing him a cheap hat https://t.co/F4IsQcCIhX
— Stephen Mangan (@StephenMangan) May 15, 2017
'Oh, you lost your dad? Too bad. Here's a hat, kid, chase a dream.' – Trump, basically.
— Jason Karsh (@jkarsh) May 15, 2017