Trump doesn’t exactly surround himself with people who are as good and upstanding as he claims that they are. His belligerent platform attracts the support of people like KKK leader David Duke, white nationalists like Richard Spencer, and former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke.
Clarke, like Trump’s other sheriff friend Joe Arpaio, mistreated people in his jails while he was still on the job; he abruptly resigned from his position as Milwaukee County Sheriff earlier this year. Appearing on Fox this Saturday, he attacked Georgia Rep. John Lewis for boycotting the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, a boycott which Lewis announced in protest over the fact that Donald Trump, who has not shown himself to care about issues of racial injustice, would be attending the opening.
A Fox & Friends co-host asked Clarke what he thought of Lewis’ decision to boycott the museum opening, and Clarke responded by dismissively quipping, “John who?”
Co-host Eboni Williams chimed in with a defense of Lewis, although like the joke of a leader he is, Clarke didn’t let her actually talk without interruption.
Williams commented, while Clarke continually dismissively mocked Lewis’ accomplishments:
‘John Lewis — he was bloodied on the Selma bridge, sheriff, when he was trying to protest voting rights and organizing sit-ins — a variety of things on behalf of the black community.’
Indeed, Lewis has worked to advance civil rights for African Americans for decades, but Clarke, taking after his dear leader, didn’t seem to care.
The former sheriff whined to Williams:
‘John Lewis has become one of the most irrelevant members of Congress. Have you taken, Eboni, a look at his Congressional district? — The high poverty, the high unemployment, the crime that goes on, the failing schools that have gone on in his district, under his leadership.’
So when unemployment rates are low, it’s President Trump’s fault, but when they are high, it’s the local Congressperson’s fault? The president has, of course, taken credit for the generally low unemployment rate across the country, even though it’s been decreasing since President Obama was in office.
Clarke wasn’t finished. He went on to speak in a disturbingly childish tone strongly reminiscent of that routinely employed by President Trump about Lewis, saying:
‘Look, no one cares what John Lewis is doing, he’s been reduced to being a caricature in that he has to pull a political stunt like this, he can’t even honor the civil rights museum opening… what these obstinate people are afraid of [is] that President Donald Trump is winning hearts and minds quietly and slowly throughout black America.’
It’s ironic for Clarke to call Lewis a caricature when he himself has become a caricature, taking his allegiance to the far right’s ideal of brute force to such extremes that he wears medals and pins on his uniform that have nothing to do with him just to try and look more domineering — or something.
Williams pointed out to Clarke that it’s short sighted at best to suggest that nobody cares about what John Lewis is doing. As one of those who prominently participated in the push for Civil Rights for African Americans around the 1960s, people pay attention to him.
As Williams put it:
‘Sheriff let me say this to you, for you to say that nobody cares about John Lewis is inaccurate, because I assure you that there are many people across this country that absolutely do care about him… This museum opening is about the civil rights of American citizens, so when it comes to his record on that, Sheriff Clarke, I think it’s pretty undisputed.’
Check out the video of Clarke’s appearance on Fox below.
Tense scenes on Fox as Sheriff Clarke & host Eboni Williams spar over civil rights icon John Lewis.
“John who?” Clarke says dismissively.
Williams: “For you to say that nobody cares about John Lewis is inaccurate because I assure you there are many people that do” pic.twitter.com/bMwgWFUFtZ
— David Mack (@davidmackau) December 9, 2017
Lewis has sparred with the president in the past, with the president having gone after him on Twitter after the Congressman claimed that Trump, who was then the president-elect, would not be a “legitimate president.”
Trump used the same belligerent lines of attack against Lewis as Clarke did on Fox this week, writing:
‘Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk – no action or results. Sad!’
Many people rightfully took issue with the fact that for the president to describe civil rights advocate John Lewis by saying “no action or results” is ridiculous.
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