Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke lost his patience with CNN’s Don Lemon after the murder of three police officers in Baton Rouge, calling ‘Black Lives Matter’ a “hateful ideology” and demanding to know why the media has failed to focus on the epidemic of black-on-black violence.
Asked if he would parrot a “message of peace and coming together for the country,” Clarke refused to regurgitate the usual rhetoric.
“You don’t believe that for one moment, do you?” Clarke asked Lemon, before continuing, “Any protests over the deaths of these cops today in Baton Rouge? Any riots or protests over the police officers in Dallas, Texas?”
“What are you asking?” responded Lemon, to which Clarke shot back, “It’s a pretty simple question.”
Clarke then went for the jugular of the “Black Lives Matter” movement.
“My message has been clear from 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.”
Lemon then suggested that the murders in Baton Rouge had little to do with ‘Black Lives Matter,’ but Clarke wasn’t having any of it.
“This anti-police rhetoric sweeping the country has turned out some hateful things inside of people that are now playing themselves out on the American police officer,” he asserted, before slamming BLM for ignoring black on black violence.
“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 it?”
Lemon then tried to shut down that line of conversation, before Clarke became more irate.
“I’m looking at three dead cops this week and I’m looking at five last week – you’re trying to tell me to keep it down?” he asked Lemon, who responded by demanding more “civility”.
“Don, I wish you had that message of civility toward this hateful ideology, these purveyors of hate,” said Clarke.
Lemon then kept speaking over Clarke before throwing to a commercial break.
It has since emerged that the prime suspect in the Baton Rouge shootings was obsessed with Black Lives Matter-related issues, was a member of the Nation of Islam, and railed against “crackers” on his YouTube channel.
The conversation continued with Lemon refusing to answer Clarke’s question if police in America were generally racist.
“This anti-police rhetoric is based on a lie – there is no data – and you know this – there is no research that proves any of that nonsense,” said Clarke, before accusing President Obama of lying when he claimed that black males are two times more likely to be shot by cops than white males.
Don Lemon then cited a Harvard study by a black economist in his attempt to argue that Obama was right, but as Clarke pointed out, the study concludes that there is no racial bias in officer-involved shootings.
Lemon immediately flip-flopped, saying that the study he just used to make his own point was “not credible”.
When Clarke asked Lemon to condemn the anti-cop rhetoric coming from Black Lives Matter, Lemon refused to do so.
“Let’s have a conversation about the black-on-black crime which kills more black males, which is a threat to more black males in the United States than a law enforcement officer,” said Clarke.
Lemon claimed, “That’s a different conversation than police brutality, and we’re not having that conversation right now,” which in other words means – ‘if we have that conversation, I will lose the debate, so we’re not having that conversation.’
Sheriff Clarke then brought up the fact that black people were over represented when it came to them committing violent crimes and that explains why they’re involved in more violent confrontations with cops.
Lemon had no answer and simply reverted back to saying, “That’s a different conversation.”
Funny enough, it’s a conversation they wouldn’t touch during the network’s publicity stunt “town hall” meeting on racial tensions last week.
Clarke is scheduled to speak during the opening night of the Republican National Convention.
Policemen respond to more calls INTO the HOOD......... therefore, the stats are NOT representative of facts on the ground... Obama can blame all he wants but the high crime areas are the wheels getting the grease! White, civil neighborhoods just aren't ridden with crime like the inner city black neighborhoods, so of course the stats are skewed! THIS is Sheriff Clarke's whole point, plus it's a lie to say blacks are more likely to be shot than whites--they're not. This is Obama's way of creating chaos, the basic tenet of Socialism! Clarke is to be commended for his honesty and intestinal fortitude!
Everytime this guy opened his mouth; he quoted a news paper, the president, a professor, people who did NOT do the research. The sheriff stuck to his guns. I am so glad.
sheriff Clarke wouldn't say what Lemon wanted him to so he kept interrupting the sheriff and trying to insult him. It's not a different conversation. It all goes together when media reports on cops doing their jobs and shows partial videos of arrests then claims the cops were wrong. But I guess videos of blacks killing blacks of gang members or children who are in the wrong place at the wrong time and catch a stray bullet doesn't sell good enough. I used to live in a town with gangs and every day the newspaper reported a drive by shooting that killed a child or someone's grandmother or innocent person in the house. These thugs would just drive by and shoot up the house they thought their target might be in! Then there was the girls weekly found dead and dumped out of a moving car in a ditch on a less traveled road. Then there were the gang initiations that lasted for weeks where the members were required to steal new cars off dealership lots, or kidnap a white lady and bring her to a hideout to be raped and abused by several members. the list of atrocities goes on and on. I moved away from there. You couldn't go out at night or drive near certain areas after dark for fear of being shot or ambushed because your face was white or they wanted your nice car. If you lived in a nicer part of town you knew you would be broken into eventually. You had to watch your children if they played in the front yard near the street because they could be grabbed off their bike or out of the yard and gone in the blink of an eye. I could go on and on. I grew up in that town and walked the streets safely for all my teen years. It all started in the late 80's and progressed from there.
Lemon tried to be condescending, which is something one should never do with someone from whom one is trying to elicit answers. I lost all respect for him.
Liberal demonRATS are just idiots.