Commenting on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) defense of Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) against sexual harassment allegations, David A. Clarke, the former sheriff of Milwaukee County, said Conyers is "not an icon," and that his policies and those of the Congressional Black Caucus have "decimated the black community."
Clarke, a conservative but long-time Democratic Party member, tweeted his comments in reference to a commentary he wrote defending school choice and fatherhood to help young people across the country and in reference to Pelosi, who had described Conyers as an "icon in our country" who has "done a great deal to protect women."
Conyers currently is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee because of sexual harassment allegations.
"John Conyers is NOT an American icon regardless of what Nancy Pelosi thinks," said Clarke in his Nov. 27 tweet.
"He, Elijah Cummings, John Lewis and others in the Congressional Black Caucus have been loyal lap dog votes for Democrat liberal policies that have DECIMATED the BLACK COMMUNITY," said Clarke.
In his commentary, Clarke furtehr blasted the Congressional Black Caucus for pursuing policies that apparently have not helped black Americans.
“[T]he Congressional Black Caucus is a leading player in this putrid game," said Clarke. "The CBC has been appointed gatekeepers by the liberal white establishment to keep blacks tethered to the plantation of liberal ideology and to go after anyone who dare escape."
"By standing in the way of the implementation of life improving-policies like school choice, they ignore the underlying conditions that fuel black crime, chronic unemployment, welfare dependence, and absent fathers," said the former sheriff.
Clarke worked in law enforcement for nearly 40 years. He resigned as the sheriff of Milwaukee County in August 2017. He currently serves as a senior adviser and spokesman for America First Action, a politicla action committee that supports the Trump-Pence administration.