"Modern liberalism is a wrecking ball": Milwaukee sheriff tells Hannity liberals celebrate "subhuman" black culture

Sean Hannity is thrilled he's found a black cop who will spout Fox News' ideology like a hand-puppet


Scott Eric Kaufman
May 21, 2015 5:40PM (UTC)

On Wednesday night, Sean Hannity spoke to Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke about the recent civil unrest in Ferguson and Baltimore, and the sheriff didn't mince words -- neither about the state of American inner cities, nor who he believes is responsible for it.

On Tuesday, Sheriff Clarke testified before the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing "Policing Strategies for the 21st Century," and blamed much of the civil unrest on "false narratives" being peddled by the liberal media and President Barack Obama, citing Eric Garner's "I can't breathe" and "#BlackLivesMatter" in particular.

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"Black-on-black crime is the elephant in the room," he argued. At the hearing, he received pushback from Democratic Representative Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, who noted that 83 percent of white people are killed by other white people -- but on "Hannity," he was allowed to speak at length and unchallenged.

"Modern liberalism is a wrecking ball on the black community and the black family structure," he said. "Modern liberalism celebrates black underachievement. It finds excuses for subhuman behavior, and it blames other people for flawed lifestyle choices -- questionable at best, lifestyle choices, made by many young black people unfortunately."

"I want to keep this focused on where we can really make some strides," the sheriff said, "and that's where we start to shame this culture, this black subculture behavior that denigrates the work, blood, sweat and tears of those who had to live through slavery and Jim Crow."

"They would shun this sort of behavior, Sean. They wouldn't celebrate as modern liberalism has."

"You say 'modern liberalism' caused this and the 'elephant in the room' [is] black-on-black crime," Hannity replied. "Why is [Obama] reluctant and resistant to ever talk about the deaths in Chicago or other inner cities? Why?"

Sheriff Clarke said that it was political expediency on the president's part, because he has "succeeded on a strategy of divide-and-conquer, with this fictitious war on women, the class warfare of the 1 percent versus the 99 percent, and he's won two presidential elections on it, so why should he stop?"

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"He needs to do some soul-searching of the sort he talked about a few weeks ago," the sheriff said. "I looked at that and thought, 'No, you need to do some soul-searching. You went to elite schools. You are doing well. Your kids are going to good schools."

"You are the president of the United States, the leader of the free world, the occupant of the White House. How can you stand up and kick white voters in the teeth? That's what you're doing, Mr. President [and] this has been very destructive for America."

Watch the entire interview via Fox News below.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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