Sheriff David Clarke appeared on CNN in an interview with Don Lemon to talk about “how to keep our police safe.” 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.
However, Sheriff Clarke doesn’t believe that for a minute. Clarke says to Lemon, “You don’t believe that for one minute, do you?” Lemon was stunned and responded, “That their message is?” Clarke says, “Yeah.”
Lemon stumbles and tries to gather himself after Clarke stares him down and then Lemon finally says, “That’s what they said to me. Yeah, I believe them.”
Then, Sheriff Clarke unloads.
[Clarke] “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.