- The Washington Times - Monday, August 8, 2016

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said Monday that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is “a straight-up cop hater” who sympathizes with the “criminal element” of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Sheriff Clarke, an outspoken black conservative, appeared on “Fox & Friends” to address Mrs. Clinton’s decision not to seek the endorsement of the biggest police union in the country, The Fraternal Order of Police.

“It’s a huge miscalculation, a huge political miscalculation on the part of Mrs. Bill Clinton,” the sheriff said. “Look, everyone running for public office, at any level, knows that you want and you have to have the support of not only law enforcement but other first responders. But she has made it clear from the convention that she is all in with the criminal element. She doesn’t care about victims of crime, she’s a straight-up cop hater, and so she is, like I said, rolling the dice on not having the support of law enforcement.

“The problem for her is that middle America, mainstream America, does not share her sentiment in having sympathy for criminals,” he said. “You’re talking a potential 3, 4, 5 million votes that she’s willing to risk just to get in bed with criminals.

“She thinks that the criminals are victims of a racist criminal justice system, which is a lie,” the sheriff said. “With her getting in bed with this Black Lives movement, this dangerous, hateful ideology, she is taking it out on good law-abiding black people that live in the American ghetto. They’re the ones who are victimized disproportionately by crime and violence.”

He added, “Donald Trump has made it clear he stands on the side of the American law enforcement officer, on law and order, victims of crime, and other law-abiding citizens.”

Sheriff Clarke spoke at the Republican National Convention last month, endorsing Mr. Trump for president.

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