Speaking on Sean Hannity’s nationally syndicated radio program on March 3, Sheriff David Clarke contrasted President Trump’s treatment of crime and law enforcement with that of former President Obama, remarking that President Trump is “ushering in a new era.”
“But President Trump,” Clarke said, “he’s ushering in a new era. It’s going to take some time, there’s no doubt about that, but I’ve made it clear that I’m going to do everything that I can to assist him.”
See below for a transcript of Clarke’s statement from the Hannity show:
“It’s like night and day. President Obama, former President Obama, he danced around the issue of crime and violence in the American ghetto. Fred Astaire would’ve been proud of the way he was able to dance around that thing without ever stepping on it or touching it or dealing with it.
“He’s another one that didn’t have the moral courage, like I said earlier, to stand up and shame the cultural rot, the cultural dysfunction that’s going on in too many of our central cities across America. But President Trump, he’s ushering in a new era.
“It’s going to take some time, there’s no doubt about that, but I’ve made it clear that I’m going to do everything that I can to assist him. This is— Law enforcement officers know what to do. They know the strategies that work, but they’ve been put on their heels because of this constant backlash by the former attorney general.
“When Obama said that Eric Holder understands— Eric Holder is corrupt. Eric Holder is the only attorney general in the United States history ever found in contempt of Congress. That’s the kind of person he is because he didn’t think the laws applied to him.
“So, a better time is upon us right now. We gotta get to work. We gotta get congress to stop fooling around, stop playing these partisan political games that are going on right now.
“They’re playing the game against the attorney general who needs to be allowed to get to work – get into Chicago, get into Milwaukee, get into Baltimore with those federal resources to put the strategies together, use the federal code to go after these crooks and put ‘em in prison for the longest period of time available by law.”