‘Defend the police’ rally held by Trump supporters in Maine

Supporters of President Trump’s reelection effort gathered in Springvale Monday for a “defend the police” rally — their response to the national “defund the police” movement in the wake of the protests surrounding the death of George Floyd.One of the speakers at today’s rally, Maine Rep. Matthew Harrington, is also a law enforcement officer.Harrington said he hasn’t seen any attempts in his district to defund police, but said he believes the removal of school resource officers from some Maine schools is the beginning of such an effort.”With everything that’s going on the country is very divisive,” Harrington said. “I can speak firsthand that it’s very difficult being a police officer right now because you feel like nobody has your back and the stand this president has taken to have our back, it’s just hands-down.”Maine Democrats issued a response, pointing to the start of the Democratic National Convention, which also began Monday.“Donald Trump’s campaign in Maine ought to take a break from dividing Mainers with Trump’s rhetoric and policies and watch the unified vision Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are putting forth for Maine tonight at the Democratic National Convention,” Maine Democratic Party Chair Kathleen Marra said in a statement. “Watching our convention would be far more valuable for explaining why Trump is losing in Maine than anything that will come out of this rally.”

Supporters of President Trump’s reelection effort gathered in Springvale Monday for a “defend the police” rally — their response to the national “defund the police” movement in the wake of the protests surrounding the death of George Floyd.

One of the speakers at today’s rally, Maine Rep. Matthew Harrington, is also a law enforcement officer.

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Harrington said he hasn’t seen any attempts in his district to defund police, but said he believes the removal of school resource officers from some Maine schools is the beginning of such an effort.

“With everything that’s going on the country is very divisive,” Harrington said. “I can speak firsthand that it’s very difficult being a police officer right now because you feel like nobody has your back and the stand this president has taken to have our back, it’s just hands-down.”

Maine Democrats issued a response, pointing to the start of the Democratic National Convention, which also began Monday.

“Donald Trump’s campaign in Maine ought to take a break from dividing Mainers with Trump’s rhetoric and policies and watch the unified vision Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are putting forth for Maine tonight at the Democratic National Convention,” Maine Democratic Party Chair Kathleen Marra said in a statement. “Watching our convention would be far more valuable for explaining why Trump is losing in Maine than anything that will come out of this rally.”