Milwaukee County Wisconsin Sheriff David Clarke appeared on CNN with Don Lemon on Sunday, and lashed out while trying to pick a fight with Lemon over Black Lives Matter.
Lemon opened the discussion introducing the Sunday Baton Rouge shooting that left 3 police officers dead. He asked Clarke his message for the American people in the wake of the shooting, mentioning that he had spoken with the police from Louisiana who told him, with “hearts reeling,” that their message is one of “peace.”
Clarke didn’t answer Lemon’s question, instead sarcastically snapping at him, speaking of the message from Louisiana police and asking Lemon, “You don’t believe that, do you?”
An obviously startled Lemon restated his question, which was when Clarke launched into a tirade that you can read in part below.
‘My message has been clear from day one two years ago. This anti-cop sentiment from this hateful ideology called Black Lives Matter has fueled this rage against the American police officer. I predicted this two years ago.’
Lemon responded by asking, “With all due respect, Sheriff, do you know that this [shooting] was because of that [supposed “anti-cop sentiment]?”
Clarke somehow found it in himself to answer “Yes I do,” without noting what evidence he possessed behind such an assertion, nor how he “predicted” the Baton Rouge shooting two years ago.
And, from there it went downhill. While Lemon tried to ask the Sheriff to “keep it down” and to carry on a “civil conversation,” Clarke just kept getting louder and louder, talking over Lemon to assert that Black Lives Matter and the media is somehow responsible for the deaths of American police officers.
Lemon had to cut to commercial break to maintain the respectability of his show, and while the show cut to break, Lemon can be heard asking Clarke if he was “going to let him talk.”
Lemon came back from commercial break with a polished statement to Clarke, telling him that if he was going to accuse Lemon of supporting violence, than he was “more than welcome to leave.”
Clarke literally didn’t answer Lemon’s questions throughout the whole interview. Instead, he just railed about how there was “anti-cop sentiment” coming out of Black Lives Matter, which was responsible for the deaths of officers in Dallas, Baton Rouge, and elsewhere.
The interview ended with Lemon giving up on Clarke, after trying to get through to him that the two were having “2 different conversations.”
Conservative commentators like Matt Drudge praised Clarke, while others on Twitter said they could tell that Clarke came “to fight.”
Clarke will be speaking at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, on Monday evening. Clarke, as featured below via Twitter, is a prominent backer of soon to be official Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
— Don_Vito ?? (@Don_Vito_08) July 18, 2016
Watch the segment featuring Clarke below.
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