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.