Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke didn’t mince words just hours after yet another police shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana — where three more law enforcement officers were murdered.
CNN’s Don Lemon hosted Sheriff Clarke to discuss the surge in anti-cop rhetoric and shootings that are spreading nationwide.
After refusing to back down from CNN’s Don Lemon on the issue of anti-cop violence and rhetoric, Sheriff Clarke was cut off and his interview abruptly ended.
Sheriff Clarke has strongly condemned the Black Lives Matter rioters for helping create the anti-cop rhetoric, which he believes has led to the ambush-style murders of multiple law enforcement officers over the past few weeks.
Lemon and the CNN network have been accused of routinely sympathizing with Black Lives Matter rioters.
At the beginning of the interview, Lemon asked Clarke to describe his message to the American people in the midst of the Baton Rouge police murders, which occurred less than a week after the attack in Dallas, Texas.
Lemon claimed to have spoken with the Baton Rouge police department and sheriff’s department.
“[BLM’s] message is peace and coming together in the country. What’s your message?” Lemon asked.
Clarke, clearly not amused, challenged Lemon’s statement and immediately turned the tables on him.
“You don’t believe that for one minute, do you?”
Lemon, obviously caught off-guard by Clarke’s refusal to accept his side of the argument, stuttered, “Uh, that’s what they said to me…Yeah, I believe them.”
Clarke stared a hole through Lemon and asked, “Any protests over the deaths of these cops today in Baton Rouge?”
“I don’t know,” Lemon responded.
Clarke continued to press Lemon, “Any riots or protests over the officers in Dallas, Texas?”
Realizing that Sheriff Clarke wasn’t going to back down, Lemon refused to answer the question:
“What are you asking?”
And that’s when Sheriff Clarke dropped the hammer of truth on CNN’s Don Lemon:
“It’s a pretty simple question. My message has been clear from day one, two years ago. This anti-cop sentiment from this hateful ideology called Black Lives Matter has fueled this rage against the American police officer. I predicted this two years ago.”
Failing to appear unbiased, Lemon disputed Sheriff Clarke’s statement by asking if he knew the shootings happened because of Black Lives Matter anti-police rhetoric.
Sheriff Clarke continued blasting Black Lives Matter as a hate organization and then called into question why the media refuses to report black-on-black violence:
“Yes I do. I’ve been watching this for two years. I predicted this. This anti-police rhetoric sweeping the country has turned out some hateful things inside of people that our now playing themselves out on the American police officer. I wanna know, with all of the black-on-black violence in the United States of America — By the way, when the tragedies happened in Louisiana and Minnesota, do you know that 21 black people were murdered across the United States? Was there any reporting on that?”
Without any facts or truth to back up his own argument, Lemon deflected from Sheriff Clarke’s response and told him to “keep the volume down”. He then claimed that black-on-black violence was a “separate topic”.
The sheriff pressed forward and refused to compromise his argument that Black Lives Matter is an anti-cop organization and not about racial equality.
Realizing the argument was lost, Lemon cut Clarke off and quickly ended the interview.
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