No stranger to controversy, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, an avid supporter of Donald Trump, lit social media up over the weekend. On Saturday Clarke tweeted from the verified @SheriffClarke account: “It’s incredible that our institutions of gov, (White House), Congress, (Department of Justice), and big media are corrupt & all we do is bitch. Pitchforks and torches time.”
His comment received backlash immediately. Clarke has been open about his agitation and criticisms towards the Black Lives Matter movement, especially after local and national instances of Black men being killed by police.
Daniel Bice, a columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel shares:
Clarke, a Democrat elected four times, also said the government is “infected by corruption” and the “system of justice broke down & ceased to be legitimate” when Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton “destroyed evidence and lied to (FBI) agents.
These posts came as Trump has begun complaining in speeches that the election is rigged and that the media and the Clinton campaign are working in tandem.
Asked Saturday to explain the tweets, Clarke said via email: “Follow on my blog for best up-to-the-minute news and to be sure to cite for readers” where you’re getting your information. He has not addressed the tweet on his blog on Patheos.com.
But he did say late on Saturday that he was being contacted by national media outlets about his call for “pitchforks and torches.”
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