SAN ANTONIO, Texas (KXAN) — The controversy over the San Antonio police officers who wore Donald Trump campaign hats has taken another turn.
The candidate himself commented on the incident, in which 17 officers and six supervisors were punished, receiving a mix of reprimands and counseling. Calling into a San Antonio radio show Tuesday, Trump said Mayor Ivy Taylor should be “ashamed” of herself.
Last week, Taylor said she was deeply disappointed by the officers’ lack of judgment. “Police must be above politics & serve everyone equally… Everything they do should send that message and today’s actions did not.”
As the Republican presidential hopeful visited San Antonio on Oct. 14, he took a moment to take photos with the San Antonio officers who escorted his motorcade. The officers, seen in a video the campaign posted to Twitter, wore the campaign’s red “Make America Great Again” hats.
In comments reported by News4 San Antonio, Trump told radio host Joe Pags, “I was so sad to hear about it, you can imagine if they wore a crooked Hillary hat, they would have been just fine.” Trump called the officers who wore the hats incredible, brave people.
Following Trump’s comments, Taylor said she would repeat her original statement. “It’s important for us to have a strong working relationship between the police and the community and we don’t want policy violations to threaten that relationship.”