August 16th, 2016
As his city protests and burns, Milwaukee sheriff and Trump surrogate David A. Clarke (above) has been unleashing a bizarre and hateful Twitter storm against liberals, black people and media outlets.
Clarke spoke at the RNC last month, delivering an impassioned speech in which he repeated the scare-mongering lie that America is experiencing a massive crime wave and police officers are at huge risk: “A recent gallup poll confirms it. More than half of all American now worry a great deal about crime and violence. Up consistently and dramatically from just a few years ago.”
Public-mood statistics are certainly relevant, but here they hardly reflect the facts. The Washington Post correctly pointed out that crime is not up, which caused Sheriff Clarke to attack the paper: “they call themselves conservatives for criminals. When did sympathy for criminals become a conservative virtue?” he tweeted.
Clarke’s RNC speech also celebrated the acquittal of Brian Rice over the death of Freddie Gray and exulted the same “law and order” approach demonstrated in his city of Milwaukee by the shooting of Sylville Smith, a young African American man who was in fact armed.
Instead of showing leadership and seeking a constructive way forward in the current situation, Clarke has taken to Twitter to blame the unrest on Black Lives Matter and “liberalism.” He also took a moment from his presumably busy schedule to encourage Muslim Americans to “suck it up” when it comes to racial profiling.
During his RNC speech, Clarke had the audacity to quote Dr. Martin Luther King, who spoke of a “single garment of destiny” and helping the impoverished as well as the wealthy. This is grotesque if you read Clarke’s tweets blaming the “underclass” for a “value system crash.”
He added: “Tribal behavior leads to the law of the jungle. Culturally dysfunctional underclass behavior.”
His blame-game doesn’t stop there: “Failed Democrat Progressive liberal urban policies create ghettos like Milwaukee that erupt into violence at the most inane provocation.”
“I often tell residents of Milwaukee in the city and towns that I visit that safety is a shared endeavor,” Clarke also said at the RNC. “It starts with the willing acceptance of people to play by society’s rules, a code if you will, where we collectively agree upon that assures stability, fairness and respect. It is built on a foundation of trust in each other and in the people who administer and enforce society’s rules, which at its foundation is the rule of law.”
These are sensible words in themselves—yet ones that Sheriff Clarke himself appears incapable of heeding.