Big City Sheriff Says Black Lives Matter ‘Will Join Forces With ISIS’ To Take Down America

CREDIT: AP PHOTO/JACQUELYN MARTIN
CREDIT: AP PHOTO/JACQUELYN MARTIN

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is not shy about his conservative views. He once described men and women protesting police violence in Ferguson, Missouri as “vultures on a roadside carcass.” He’s accused Democratic governors, senators and Attorney General Eric Holder of acting as cat’s paws for the “New Black Panther Party.” And he told a National Rifle Association gathering that open insurrection may be the appropriate response to gun laws he opposes. Similarly, on Tuesday night, Clarke offered a unique take on the Black Lives Matter movement:

Clarke has long straddled the border between mainstream Republicans and the conservative movement’s paranoid extremes. During his aborted presidential campaign, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) described Clarke as a “friend of mine” who has “talked to me about [policing] many times in the past.” Yet Clarke was also named “sheriff of the year” by the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA), a group whose leader backed anti-government rancher Cliven Bundy during an armed standoff between Bundy’s supporters and federal officials.

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In a 2013 speech to the CSPOA, Clarke labeled the federal government a “common enemy” and compared the federal government’s current actions to the outrages that triggered the American Revolution.

Despite his views, however, Clarke remains a high-ranking law enforcement officer with a badge, a gun, and a bevy of deputies at his command.