- The Washington Times - Friday, April 28, 2017

ATLANTA — Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. on Friday issued criticism that spanned the political spectrum, telling gun-rights activists that “rat bastards on the left” never give up while also saying some of the misadventures of the GOP-led Congress can be “very painful” to watch.

“We won a huge battle last November, but we did not win the war,” Sheriff Clarke said at the NRA lobbying arm’s 2017 Leadership Forum. “You see, our fight for freedom continues in earnest.”

“You see, these rat bastards on the left never give up,” he said. “No, I didn’t misspeak.

“You see, for them defeat is never final. Election defeats don’t matter,” he said. “It’s simply a time to regroup and continue their assault on our Constitution, the rule of law, liberty, and American exceptionalism.

“Now, why would I call them rat bastards?” he said. “First of all, because I can. Second, as you know I call ‘em as I see ‘em. But third and more importantly, just listen to Saul Alinsky, a socialist professor who admired Lucifer, for heaven’s sake. And Alinsky’s admired by the left.”

Sheriff Clarke is a popular speaker among conservative crowds, and he addressed the Republican National Convention last year in Cleveland.

“As you know, I worked hard to help Donald Trump get elected president of the United States, and I will fight even harder to help him make American great again,” he said.

Politico reported Friday that Sheriff Clarke is under consideration for a position at the Department of Homeland Security.

But he also made clear he’s not entirely thrilled with Republicans, either, as he called for Congress to pass national concealed carry reciprocity legislation.

“Folks, we have to have a renewed sense of urgency about prodding GOP leaders in Congress to finally pass this bill,” he said. “We have waited long enough, damn it.”

“Now, I don’t want to come down too hard on the GOP-led Congress, but they can’t seem to be able to get out of their own way at times,” he said. “Sometimes it’s very painful to watch.”

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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