Monday on Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File,” Milwaukee Co, WI Sheriff David Clarke castigated Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for what he described to be “utter contempt” for police, which he based on her decision not to fill out a questionnaire from the Fraternal Order of Police about her positions on particular issues.
The response from that questionnaire is used by FOP members to vote on who the organization should endorse in the general presidential election.
“Look, everybody that runs for elected office, state, local, federal level, they know they have to have and they seek out aggressively support of first responders, police, sheriff’s deputies, firefighters, corrections officers, so on and so forth. Even her husband, who is a better politician on his worst day than she could ever hope to be on her best day, two times sought the support of the fraternal order of police and received it in ’96. He was like a kid in a candy shop. Here is what he said, ‘For four years I’ve worked hard to stand with police officers of America and I’m profoundly honored that they have decided to stand with me for four more years.’ He understood the importance of that. She has had nothing but utter contempt for the American law enforcement officer. This is just another thumb in our eye. She’s engaged the law enforcement community, but she’s done nothing but slander our reputations.”
Clarke went on to attribute the gesture from Clinton to be one aimed at turning out the black vote, which he said was needed for Clinton to win the White House.
“She’s all in with the criminals,” Clarke added. “You know, her compassion for criminals is not shared by mainstream America. Most of the American public, a large segment of the American public stands on the side of the American police officer. She knows she has to have a heavy volume of black votes to even contend in this election, but she’s not going to outdo Barack Obama, who had a record number in both 2008 and 2012. And if Obama hadn’t outdone himself in 2012 with a new record high for black voters, he would have lost to Mitt Romney. She has no connection emotionally to the black community, and that’s why she has to go all in and leave no daylight in her contempt for the American police officer.”
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