Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke made headlines on Monday after his tense Black Lives Matter confrontation with Don Lemon. This heated discussion followed Sunday’s Baton Rouge police shootings, which was the latest tragic happening after Alton Sterling’s death. The embattled city has seen weeks of tension between protesters and police with no resolution in sight.
Clarke’s position while speaking to Lemon was that these police shootings happened because “anti-cop sentiment from Black Lives Matter has fueled this rage against the American police officers.” Lemon did not agree, but Clarke continued his message at the Republican National Convention on Monday night where he supported Donald Trump. Clarke took the stage and immediately declared, “Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to make something very clear: Blue Lives Matter in America!”
The sheriff broached the subject of the Baton Rouge police shootings for the convention and the mainstream audience at home. He said, “What we witnessed in Ferguson, in Baltimore, and in Baton Rouge was a collapse of social order.” Clarke argued that the Black Lives Matter and Occupy movements are not peaceful ones, and he concluded that only Trump can protect police in their search for truth and “Make America Safe Again.”