Milwaukee is a proud city, but we are not without our warts – and our biggest wart, the one that we should all be ashamed of, hobnobbed with a presidential candidate Thursday.
I’m talking about Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, the darling of the ultra-right wingers on Fox News and the guy who continues, on an almost daily basis, to be an embarrassment to those people who voted for him.
Clarke was the guest host Thursday for Mark Belling on WISN radio. Listening to this guy prattle on without an original thought in his head made me wonder how he can sleep at night.
Let’s face it: Fox loves a right wing black guy, and if you can put a cowboy hat on his head, a badge on his chest and a gun on his hip, you have the perfect storm. Put him on his horse, it gets even better. No matter what the topic, Fox puts Clarke on the mic for law enforcement or black people or the armed forces or just about anything. Clarke will say anything at anytime to anybody.
He is the ultimate windup doll. Turn him on and sit back and watch him sing the tune of the racial bias of his white friends. He is building a career by being an unreasonably harsh critic of black people and the black experience.
Thursday's broadcast was a fascinating example of Clarke in action.
As you may or may not know, Clarke spoke at the Republican National Convention last week. He has met Donald Trump. And Thursday, Trump called in to the show.
You can hear the entire segment here, and it’s really worth spending several minutes to listen to it.
Clarke is a master ranter. Give him a chance to take a shot at the black community, and he can’t resist the temptation. Off he goes, a wild horse without a bridle.
Thursday, he took off on a First Amendment rant.
"I know the Second Amendment is threatened," he said. "But they’re also after the First Amendment. It’s under attack for what we can say in the public square."
When you stop and ask yourself what in the world he’s talking about, you…Read more...