In the wake of the Dallas shootings, Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr. didn’t mince words in calling out President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the Black Lives Matter movement for their divisive rhetoric, lies, and selective outrage.
While Clarke acknowledged President Obama, or “cop hater in chief” as he referred to him, didn’t cause the ambush against police officers in Dallas Thursday night, he said on “Fox and Friends” Friday morning that “[Obama] fuels this sort of anger, this misplaced anger.”
Clarke had also taken to Twitter to express his outrage over the situation.
American needs Obama to get out of bed & address Dallas situation NOW. He poured gas on this situation with his dog whistle message earlier.— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) July 8, 2016
Waiting for Obama, Lynch and anti gun bigots to blame Dallas slaughter of police on the need for more gun control or background checks.— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) July 8, 2016
All the phony outrage & news coverage over two police shootings yet nothing on the black on black carnage in Chicago that happens every day.— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) July 8, 2016
Black LIES Matter wants this conversation about Black lives? Let's have it dammit. Talk to me about Chicago black on black murder Black LIES— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) July 8, 2016
Mrs. Bill Clinton earlier showed support for Black LIES Matter. Let's see if this cop hater shows the same empathy for police in Dallas.— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) July 8, 2016
Clarke didn’t have to wait long to see partial blame for the attacks placed on gun control.
In President Obama’s statement from Poland about the shootings on Friday, he said, “We also know that when people are armed with powerful weapons, it makes shootings like this more deadly and more tragic.”
Coming to Obama’s defense was Press Secretary Josh Earnest, who told reporters during a briefing in Poland, "the president’s views about the impact that easy availability of guns has on our community is a significant source of concern for him. And too many innocent lives have been claimed because of the easy access people have to guns, in some cases, guns that were never intended to be on city streets."
Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, canceled her events Friday and tweeted that she “mourned” for the victims, their families, and the Dallas community at large.
I mourn for the officers shot while doing their sacred duty to protect peaceful protesters, for their families & all who serve with them. -H— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 8, 2016
On Thursday her campaign was quick to declare “Black Lives Matter” after the video footage of the police shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling spread on social media.