CNN probably got their highest ratings in a long time thanks to a segment they probably wish hadn’t made it to the airwaves! Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin was host Don Lemon’s guest to talk about the growing level of animosity and even fatal violence being directed at police officers.
From the start, it’s clear that Sheriff Clarke is in no mood for niceties or nonsense, and seems aware of Lemon’s reputation for liberalism. The interview gets off to an awkward start then goes down hill from there.
As reported at ProudCons:
Lemon said Clarke will be speaking at the GOP convention Monday night, then Lemon said heads of various law enforcement agencies have told him their message was peace and coming together in the country.
Stonefaced, Clarke said to Lemon, “You don’t believe that for one minute, do you?”
Lemon stumbled but Clarke plowed on:
“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.
“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?
“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?”
Lemon actually cut Clarke off at one point and went to a commercial to give the Sheriff a chance to “calm down.” It’s more likely that Lemon wanted time to get his own talking points in order, since he’d clearly been unprepared for Clarke’s plain talk.
Given that the video has now gone viral, however, lots of Americans are glad Lemon had the Sheriff on, and will be hoping to see him again.
Credit: Proud Cons