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Trump announces support from Florida sheriffs



Donald Trump announced the endorsment of 12 Florida sheriffs:

Sheriff Nick Finch, Liberty County

Sheriff Gordon Smith, Bradford County

Sheriff David Shoar, St. Johns County

Sheriff Mike Williams, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Mike Scott, Lee County

Sheriff Don Eslinger, Seminole County

Sheriff Ben Johnson, Volusia County

Sheriff Deryl Loar, Indian River County

Sheriff Rick Beasler, Clay County

Sheriff-Elect Darryl Daniels, Clay County

Sheriff Bill Leeper, Nassau County

Their statement below:

Today, the Florida law enforcement community stands with Donald J. Trump. He stands for law and order and understands that without safe cities, our communities fail - our future is limited.

Our country is at a critical juncture. The very notion of law and order is being challenged more than ever. We need a leader in Washington that understands the first, and most important duty of our government is to protect our citizens.

This time in America demands a President who honors the daily sacrifices of those who heroically protect our citizens and the needs of every community. We need a President that pursues justice, supports our law enforcement, and defends the innocent.

We were reminded last night that we cannot trust Hillary to defend Florida. Her track record of failed leadership helped to produce one of the world's most dangerous terrorist groups, ISIS. They threaten us here at home, in our cities, and in our own backyards.

The core fabric of our society, public safety, will be weakened under a Hillary Clinton administration. She has failed as a leader too many times, costing innocent lives and putting us all in danger.

As Sheriffs, we trust Donald Trump to stand with us in our fight to make our streets safer for everyone. It's time for a President who truly wants to Make America Great Again by making America Safe Again. We believe Donald Trump is prepared to protect us against threats from terrorists, restore peace to our streets, defend our constitutional freedoms, and stand with our everyday heroes.

Each of us commit our support and votes to Donald J. Trump for President. We join thousands of other law enforcement officers who already support his campaign across this nation.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 5:39pm]


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