On Monday night, Laura Ingraham of Fox News reported that Sheriff of Broward County Scott Israel had issued an email to employees to defend him. According to Ingraham:
Just a few hours ago, the Ingraham Angle received copies of internal emails from a source close to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, which has since been confirmed by a second source. It urges all staff members to vigorously support Sheriff Israel.
That’s no shock. Israel is a political actor through and through. As the Ingraham segment shows, Israel got into hot water back in December for wrapping his face on Broward County Sheriff’s cars for political purposes — they were jokingly called “Israelmobiles,” according to Ingraham. And we know that the sheriff loves his politicking — he went on national television last week and tore into the NRA and Dana Loesch and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) for their supposed culpability in the Parkland shooting, knowing full well that his own deputy had stood outside, armed and waiting, while the shooting took place. And he also knows what went down to prevent EMTs from entering the premises. But he’s not saying.
His alleged new missive — a letter telling his subordinates to defend him — isn’t protocol, obviously. Imagine the shock that would hit the mainstream media if President Trump issued an email informing all members of the executive branch to defend him. It’s one thing for the members of the Sheriff’s Office to remain silent, as per their job requirements not to speak out publicly; it’s another thing for them to become propaganda tools for Israel.
But that sounds like just the sort of thing Israel would do. And then, of course, he’d pat himself on the back for an “amazing” job.