Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr.
In reaction to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton rejecting the possible endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police, the largest police union in the country, Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. said Clinton expresses "nothing but utter contempt for the American law enforcement officer," and added that "she's all in with the criminals" in reference to her demonizing the police and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.
On Monday's The Kelly File, substitute host Trish Regan noted Clinton's support for Black Lives Matter and her snubbing of the police union. Sheriff Clarke said, "She has had nothing but utter contempt for the American law enforcement officer. This is just another thumb in our eyes. Sure, she’s engaged the law enforcement community but she’s done nothing but slander our reputation."
Regan then asked, “Do you think that, in fact, she’s being politically calculating? In her view, she does not want to be associated with the police because therefore that would destroy her support among many members of the African-American community."
Sheriff Clarke said, “Well, sure, she’s all in with the criminals. You know, her compassion for criminals is not shared by mainstream America. Most of the American public, a large segment of the American public, stands on the side of the American police officer."
"She knows she has to have a heavy volume of black votes to even contend in this election," said Sheriff Clarke. "But she’s not going to outdo Barack Obama who had a record number in both 2008 and 2012. If Obama hadn’t outdone himself in 2012 with a new record high for black voters, he would have lost to Mitt Romney."
"She has no connection emotionally to the black community," said the sheriff, "and that’s why she has to go all in and leave no daylight in her contempt for the American police officer."
David A. Clarke Jr., a Democrat, was elected to a 4-year term as the sheriff of Milwaukee County in 2002, and was re-elected in 2006, 2010 and 2014. In those elections he won, respectively, with 74%, 78%, 74%, and 79% of the vote. In April 2016 he was named Law Enforcement Leader of the Year by the Federal Law Enforcement Officer Association Foundation.