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At Police Officer's Funeral, Trump Calls for Crime Crackdown

Former President Trump attended the funeral of a New York City police officer on Thursday and stood in front of more than a dozen police officers proclaiming the need for the U.S. to “get back to law and order,” reports the New York Times. Trump’s visit with the family of officer Jonathan Diller, who was fatally shot during a traffic stop on Monday, was not a campaign event.

Trump called the officer’s death a horrible tragedy and called for a crackdown on violent crime, without naming specific policies. Even as Trump himself faces 88 felony charges, he has continued to court police officers and style himself as a tough-on-crime candidate. His campaign spokesperson emphasized a contrast between his visit to New York with another on Thursday by President Biden for a "glitzy fundraiser in the city" with former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. A spokesman for the Biden campaign said “another Donald Trump presidency would make Americans far less safe.” Trump has portrayed himself as a “law and order” candidate, stoking fears about violent crime and then promoting his unwavering support for the police and their efforts to tackle it.


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