Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke reminds GOP convention delegates of the importance of supporting law enforcement. No individual, including Hillary Clinton, is above the law, he says.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to make something very clear: Blue Lives Matter in America!” Clarke said.
“I stand before you tonight with a heavy heart, as the law enforcement community prepares to bury three of the Louisiana, Baton Rogue’s finest. But there is some good news coming out of Baltimore, Maryland, as Lt. Brian Rice was acquitted on all charges, and the malicious prosecution of activist state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby,” he said to boos.
“I want to talk with you about something important, indeed, a concept that five law enforcement officers were murdered and nine more were wounded for, earlier this month in Dallas, and for which three more were murdered two days ago in Baton Rouge, Louisiana: And that is the importance of making America safe again,” he continued. “You see, I believe that this noble mission is not just a requirement, but a prerequisite for achieving this campaign’s goal of making America great again. We simply cannot be great if we do not feel safe in our homes, on our streets, and in our schools.”
“I see this every day, at street level, where many Americans increasingly have an uneasiness about the ability of their families to live safely in these troubling times. This transcends race, religion, ethnicity, gender, age, and lifestyle.”
“If you don’t believe it, a recent Gallup poll confirms it: More than half of all Americans now worry a great deal about crime and violence, up consistently and dramatically from just a few years ago,” from 2014, when Obama “And for African-Americans, that number is 70 percent.”
“Sadly, for a growing number of communities, the sense of safety that many of us once took for granted has been shattered. Americans don’t always feel safe, no matter if they are working in a big city, living in a suburb, or rural areas all around our great country. I often tell residents of Milwaukee, and the cities and towns I visit, that safety is a shared endeavor. It starts with the willing acceptance of people to play by society’s rules: A code, a code if you will, we collectively agree upon that ensures stability, fairness, and respect.”
“It’s built on a foundation of trust in each other, and in the people who administer and enforce society’s rules, which at its foundation is the rule of law.”
“In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote passionately about ‘the interrelatedness of all communities and states’ and about our ‘inescapable network of mutuality, tying us in a single garment of destiny.’ He spoke of the basic morality of the rule of law, provided that it is applied equally to both the wealthy and the impoverished, both men and women, and yes, the majority and the minority.”
“What we witnessed in Ferguson, in Baltimore, and in Baton Rouge was a collapse of social order. So many of the actions of the Occupy movement and Black Lives Matter transcend peaceful protest, and violates the code of conduct we rely on. I call it anarchy.”
“You see, American law enforcement officers understand that race is and has been a heated issue in our country. Most appreciate the vital need for thoroughness and transparency in pursuit of the greater good in their actions, and in their investigations. These are truths that are self-evident to me, and which I practice, and they are the truths that Donald Trump understands and supports.
“Donald Trump is the steadfast leader our nation needs. He has spoken passionately to me of his belief in our American system of justice, and he speaks to the values that are at the foundation of our social contract. Throughout his campaign, and over many years before, he has consistently and constantly raised his voice — not only in defense of the character of the American police officer, but the need for all people to feel they are being treated fairly and respectfully by law enforcement.”
Clarke also slammed Hillary Clinton’s lawless tenure as secretary of state, emphasizing that no official is above the law.
“You see, Donald Trump understands that what can make our nation safe again is a recommitment to a system of justice in which no government official, not even those who have fought their way to the marble and granite halls of Washington; no private citizen, not even Hillary Clinton; and no group of people, despite the fervor with which they press forward their grievances, can claim privilege above the law. It cannot happen in the United States.”
“The tradition of the primacy of the rule of law in America is strong. It is in those simple facts and in our acts we will move forward and toward making America safe again. God bless you, and may God continue to bless these United States of America.”