President of the Cleveland Police Union to Samantha Bee: 'We’re Screwed'
After the tragic murders of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, where protests have raged for weeks, "Full Frontal" host Samantha Bee still hoped the Cleveland Police Department could hold its own amidst the Republican National Convention, the most chaotic week of the year. After all, they don't call it "Believeland" for nothing.
But she was sorrily disappointed.
“We’re screwed," Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Union, told Samantha Bee. "I have forbidden my friends and family to go downtown during the convention," he added.
From the Trump protesters, to counterprotesters, Cleveland police are really getting hit from all sides.
"We’re going to be stuck in the middle of two groups of very passionate people," Loomis told Bee. "It’s a very, very difficult spot for these police officers to be in."
Cleveland was chosen to host the Republican National Convention in 2014, when no one could have predicted the Trump phenomenon.
"Mr. Trump does bring a certain additional spice to the convention," said Loomis, in the understatement of the year.
“Well, I guess two years ago the city thought that it was bidding on a Jeb coronation," Bee pointed out.
Loomis lit up.
“Oh yeah, that would have been a great time," said the police union president, as the two envisioned delegates in slacks eating egg salad and grooving to easy listening.
"I would have rather been facing that than what we are facing," Loomis said, looking to an apocolyptic scene of "professional protesters" with "super soakers," "screaming vile things six inches from our faces."
"The men and women of the Cleveland Police Department are going to do the absolute best that they can with the resources, the training and the equipment that they’ve been given. That being said, they haven’t been given enough of any of that," he told the host, and added, "The city has absolutely failed us."
Even Bee was a little worried about the protesters.
"Some of them are real jackasses," she said.
“And I’ve gone undercover in these groups," Loomis told her, and even invited the host to join him.
It was a hard pass.