Like many of you, I’ve seen Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke on FNC on many occasions. He may be law enforcement’s best advocate.
This was no different during his speech last night at the Republican National Convention – that is at least he until he starting praising Donald Trump. Clarke called Trump “the steadfast leader our nation needs who “has consistently and constantly raised his voice not only in defense of the character of the American police officer, but the need for all people to feel they are being treated fairly and respectfully by law enforcement.”
Given that Hillary Clinton is in lockstep with President Obama’s pillorying of the police, I can understand how law enforcement would be instinctively driven to supporting Donald Trump. But one would also think that Sheriff Clarke would give pause to supporting a presidential candidate who said of a protester, “I’d like to punch him in the face,” has told his supporters, “Try not to hurt him. If you do, I’ll defend you in court, don’t worry about it,” and said there could be riots if he didn’t win the at the Republican National Convention.
However justified police are in their contempt of Obama and Hillary, it is equally inconceivable to me that Sheriff Clarke would see fit supporting someone who has publicly expressed a desire to commit violence, has encouraged others to commit violence and has threatened violence if he doesn’t get his way. Sheriff Clarke had me, but then he lost me.