Sheriff: WH's Divisive Politics 'Fanning the Flames of Racial Discord'
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke was on “The Kelly File” tonight, where he took on Attorney General Eric Holder’s remarks on Ferguson.
Holder said last night that the situation in Ferguson is just the beginning of a bigger policing problem nationwide.
“I was willing to give Eric Holder a do-over after his initial stumbling out of the gate, throwing law enforcement officers under the bus in the days following the tragic shooting of Mike Brown by a Ferguson police officer. But he comes out again yesterday and he doubled down. And then I became disgusted," Clarke said.
Clarke said that Holder’s remarks have been irresponsible and said he seems to be abandoning his duty to be impartial.
“He claims he wants justice for all, but apparently he doesn’t want justice for police officers,” Clarke said.
“Race is an explosive issue in this country. It has been for a long time. I don’t know if it’s going to get better, but it was improving, there’s just no doubt about that […] but that wound has been opened again, and some of it is because of the divisive politics that the White House has been playing,” he said.
Clarke said this political strategy is pitting American against American, from a “fictitious war on women” to “fanning the flames of racial discord.”
According to Clarke, people are angry because they can’t find meaningful work and have to send their kids to failing schools, That frustration, he explained, is then deflected to situations like the Brown shooting.
What would Clarke have said to President Barack Obama if he was at yesterday’s summit, which Clarke called Kabuki theater?
“I would have said, ‘Mr. President, you spent a trillion dollars on a stimulus package promising a robust economy that would produce jobs. Mr. President, where are the jobs?’ If people find meaningful work, it occupies their time, and you don’t have all these individuals just idling around, building up frustration and anger because their life isn’t going the way they thought it should. I would have said, ‘Mr. President […] why do we have to send our kids to failing school systems […] that’s going to shackle them to a life of crime and violence, and they’ll never reach their God-given potential?’”
Clarke described the nation as a welfare state, and he charged anti-poverty initiatives with worsening problems. He called on Obama to issue an executive order calling for an audit of every anti-poverty agency in America.
Watch the powerful interview above.