Sheriff David Clarke used harsh words this week to describe the Black Lives Matter movement as, among other things, a Frankenstein monster and a collection of misfits.
Clarke has become a fixture on CNN and FNC, plus talk radio, since rising to national prominence two years ago when he told his Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, constituents to arm themselves against intruders rather than hiding under the bed and waiting for overworked, undermanned cops to arrive.
A former city of Milwaukee police commander, Clarke has been county sheriff since 2002, and was reelected to his fourth term in that job in 2014. He is an outspoken supporter of Second Amendment rights.
Clarke appeared on Sean Hannity’s Fox News Channel show to comment on the newly released footage of a private meeting between Black Lives Matter activists and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton that occurred earlier this month in New Hampshire, an encounter that the New York Times described as “tense,” “awkward,” and “unscripted.”
The activists have previously disrupted speeches by Hillary Clinton rivals Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley, as well as Jeb Bush. O’Malley famously had to apologize for saying that “all lives matter” at a gathering of liberals/progressives last month.
During the at-times respectful, at-times contentious discussion from August 11, Black Lives Matter organizer Julius Jones accused the Bill Clinton administration’s mass incarceration and tougher sentencing polices of being anti-black.
Supposedly the activists were not permitted to enter the New Hampshire event itself because it was overcapacity by the time they arrived according to the local fire marshal.
At one point, Jones suggested that the former secretary of state was engaging in victim blaming “and that the violence he wants to counteract is a ‘white problem.'”
At another juncture in the dialogue, Mrs. Clinton seemed to be referring to all white people as “sinners” in the context of racial injustice. Hillary Clinton also told Jones that “I don’t believe you change hearts. I believe you change laws, you change allocation of resources, you change the way systems operate.”
“The 2016 candidate even gave suggestions to the activists, telling them that without a concrete plan their movement will get nothing but ‘lip service from as many white people as you can pack into Yankee Stadium and a million more like it,'” CNN reported.
Watch the videos below of Hillary Clinton’s backstage exchange of views with members of the Black Lives Matter movement and draw your own conclusions.
Reacting to the Hillary Clinton videos, Sheriff Clarke, who runs for office as a Democrat, claimed that the Black Lives Matter movement was designed to mobilize the black vote for the Democrats in the 2016 presidential election, and that in his opinion, it is now spiraling out of control.
“Well, Hillary, meet Frankenstein. They created this monster, now they realize that, if you cannot continue to feed the beast, the beast will turn on you and eat you. And that’s what’s going on here. Sean, let’s take a look at this group, this Black Lives Matter, which I have renamed ‘Black Lies Matter,’ and the reason I have is because, this is the bastard child, as you know, of the ‘Hands up, don’t shoot.’ The whole thing is built on a lie. The whole premise is built on a lie. But it’s a conglomeration of misfits…You have the Occupy movement, you have organized labor in on it now, you have criminals, you have black racialists, you have cop-haters, and anarchists have now formed together this full movement, if you will. No longer in the United States — and I think that I’m living proof of that — no longer can blacks as a whole claim victim status, except for one situation: They are victims to the Democrat Party in the United States of America, and what modern liberalism has done to the black family.”
Earlier this month, in a rally in Harlem, New York, GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson chided Black Lives Matter advocates for pointing fingers rather than solving underlying problems such as the high crime rate in America’s inner cities.
According to the New York Times, winning the black vote is essential for a Hillary Clinton victory in the general election which, in part, explains Clinton’s effort to reach common ground with the much younger Black Lives Matter activists, as portrayed in the videos below.
“All in all, the encounter seemed to signal that racial justice will retain its potency in the Democratic primary contest — and potentially beyond, given the importance of black voters to a Democratic victory in November 2016…For any white Democrat, the Black Lives Matter movement poses problems, but for Mrs. Clinton, it is particularly fraught. She and her husband were stung by allegations of racism that arose in her 2008 primary contest with Barack Obama.”
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