Sheriff Clarke doesn't mince words. Ever. Including on Ferguson. And Democrats
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke tells it like it is. He’s a stellar reminder of what true leadership looks like and what it means to uphold the rule of law. It is a relief to hear someone speak with such honesty and candor.
To give you a taste of how fearlessly this man puts truth on display, here are two videos of Sherriff Clarke speaking about Ferguson. Below is a quote from a speech he gave at the National Press Club a couple of weeks ago:
… I’m known for not sugar coating things. This pissed me off … I sat up there and listened to Eric Holder throw law enforcement officers under the bus for political expediency….
His densely packed 6-minute speech is worth a listen, as is his recent interview with Neil Cavuto. I’ve transcribed a few gems for AT readers, but hope you’ll take the time to listen to this man. I can only hope and pray he is the voice of our future because, Lord knows, this is the kind of leadership and vision we desperately need.
On Al Sharpton:
... Anytime Al Sharpton shows up on the scene, nothing good is going to come of that.
On Barack Obama:
… I heard some of the president’s comments last night. And he said that what we need to do is try to understand them and he said that the anger was an understandable reaction. And I was just floored by that because it’s not an understandable reaction. People have to come up with a more socially acceptable way to deal with anger and frustration. This is totally and unequivocally intolerable ….
… when I heard the president call for calm after the rioting started, I questioned his sincerity because some of his political strategy of divide and conquer fuels this sort of racial animosity between people. And so I think when he called for calm after the rioting started I believe it was done with a wink and a nod.
On Jay Nixon:
… I think Governor Nixon is trying to soft shoe this thing. I don’t think he has the intestinal fortitude to deal with this. What’s happening down there right now is real ugly and the response isn’t going to be pleasing to the eye with what law enforcement and the national guard have to do. But, Neil, I mean come on. They have to restore order and the law enforcement officers and the national guard have to use all reasonable force to get that under control. Restraint is not an option right now for law enforcement .…
There’s always going to be people on the sideline that are going to second guess you. That’s part of what Governor Nixon has to deal with. It’s something that I have to deal with when I have to make tough decisions. He has to block that out and do what’s in the best interest of Ferguson, Missouri, and the state of Missouri and he has to get this thing under control and not worry about the optics so much. You know, nobody’s saying all due force or any force. What I’m calling for is all reasonable force to get this thing under control. And you’re going to be criticized. And he’s afraid to be criticized and he’s worried about what people might say in second guessing him? Then he’s in the wrong position.
On Eric Holder:
… Eric Holder is one of those that was in a very visible position to have talked reasonably and to kind of quell this thing early on and instead he engaged with inflammatory rhetoric. So for him to come on and announce what he’s going to today. You know, look, justice is about due process. You’re not guaranteed a result. You’re guaranteed due process. Due process played it out at the state level. If he wants to start a federal probe he’s entitled to do that, but that’s just going to prolong this thing and unless he thinks or he believes that there’s something nefarious that went on here with the Grand Jury investigation, I think he ought to reconsider that … For Eric Holder to come in I think it just continues to prolong this thing and fan the flames. And let’s say he comes out with some indictment of his own and it’s thrown out at the federal level, because in the end I don’t see a judge in this country upon appeal that would uphold any kind of conviction here against the officer. And then we may have to relive this all over again.
Addressing polls that show a sharp racial divide regarding the Grand Jury decision:
… The political strategy used by the left – and we saw it play out in November with this war on women, this fanning racial discord with conservatives and accusations they’re trying to take black votes away – that kind of stuff enables this, that kind of stuff encourages this divide. Sure there’s a divide in this country and there always has been and sometimes along racial lines. But instead of feeding that beast, what people in leadership positions, and even political positions, ought to do is temper that stuff down and allow some of this to just you know kind of simmer instead of explode all the time. Race is a very explosive and divisive issue in this country and it’s not going to go away You mentioned that. But we don’t have to pick at it, we don’t have to stoke it up all the time. And if it does start to smolder, because this has a lot more to do than just what the police use force. And I don’t expect police to make major changes in terms of how they use force to defend themselves or defend others … I don’t believe that a police officer should put his or her life in danger just to achieve some political agenda.
To learn more about Sheriff Clarke, who is a strong proponent of the 2nd amendment by the way, see:
- here (bio)
- here (his blog which is fantastic)
- here (2014 CPAC panelist)
- here (election web site with lots of information about him and his views)
Hat tip: Gateway Pundit