President Donald Trump on Monday promised to restore law and order in an address honoring fallen police officers outside the U.S. Capitol.
“My administration is determined — totally determined — to restore law and order and justice for all Americans, and we’re going to do it quickly,” Trump said, vowing to eradicate the violent MS-13 gang “very soon.”
Speaking directly to families and coworkers of officers who lost their lives in the line of duty, the president pledged that officers “will always find an open door to the White House” and thanked God for blessing the nation “with such incredible heroes.”
“Please know that you do not grieve alone. Though we cannot fathom the depths of your loss, nor fully appreciate the bond that forms in the precinct and between partners on the beat, your sadness is left and felt by all of us,” Trump said in his solemn address. “Every drop of blood spilled from our heroes in blue is a wound inflicted upon the whole country, and every heartache known by your families in law enforcement is a sorrow shared by the entire family of the American nation.”
He cast police officers as not only “the thin blue line between civilization and chaos” but also as parents and children who rush toward danger to protect people they don’t even know in what he framed as a position that doesn’t get nearly enough thanks.
“I want you to know that patriotic Americans of all backgrounds truly support and love our police,” Trump said. “And a very sad thing is that 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 it, and I will talk about it proudly.”
Officers are living in an era in which they’re now “subject to unfair defamation and vilification,” Trump added, as well as hostility and violence. He recalled a number of deadly police encounters and expressed his gratitude for their service to the family members in attendance.
“You’ve watched great, great people suffer unthinkable harm and unthinkable death. America as a nation must always have the clarity to know the difference between good and evil, between right and wrong, and between those who uphold our laws and those who so easily break them,” Trump said. “We owe it to the fallen to act according to our best and highest ideals. We owe it to their memory to put truth before politics, justice before agendas and to put the safety and security of the American people above everything else.”