MIlwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke made left-wing CNN’s Don Lemon visibly uncomfortable on Sunday night as he described the neo-Marxist Black Lives Matter as pushing a “hateful… anti-cop ideology.”
Lemon began posturing as an objective anchor whose personal opinions do not inform his journalistic conduct. He then attempted to defend the false premises upon which Black Lives Matter and its political and media allies built their narratives.
Lemon wears two hats at CNN, however, one as an anchor who postures as objective and another as pundit who opines on the “black experience” in America.
“This anti-police rhetoric sweeping the country has turned out some hateful things inside of people that are now playing themselves out on the American police officer,” said Clarke. He then asked Lemon rhetorically, “Was there any reporting on ['black-on-black violence' in Chicago]?”
Lemon, who regularly hosts and engages in heated exchanges in his role at CNN, suddenly disliked Clarke’s passion.
“Sheriff, please, let’s just keep the volume down here,” said Lemon. “Can we just keep it civil?”
“I’m looking at three dead cops this week, and I’m looking at five last week, and you’re to tell me to keep it down?” asked Clarke. “Don, I wish you had that message of civility toward this hateful ideology, these purveyors of hate. That’s what they do. These people preach bile and hate in the name of virtue.”
Lemon then set the parameters of the discussion: no comments would be allowed linking racial agitation from CNN to the racial agitprop of Black Lives Matter, President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, or the broader left.
“What it sounds like to me is that you’re accusing me of violence and supporting something, a narrative that I’m not necessarily in support of,” said Lemon. “If you’re, if that’s what you’re accusing me of violence, then you can leave. I don’t support violence of any kind against police officers, against anyone, so if you’re accusing me of that then you’re welcome to leave.”
“That is not a lie,” said Lemon. “The research that we have from The Washington Post, there’s also research from a Harvard professor that also showed that black people are treated more aggressively by police officers.”
Lemon then cautioned against broad characterizations of Black Lives Matter based on actions of individuals, speaking of the movement as if it issued membership cards like Costco.
"You would need to speak to someone who is a member of Black Lives Matter about whether they have perpetrated a fraud on the American people," said Lemon. "That's up to Black Lives Matter. That's not me. I'm neither a member of Black Lives Matter, I'm neither a supporter, or someone who doesn't support them. I simply report on Black Lives Matter."
Asked by Clarke if he condemns Black Lives Matter, Lemon said, "As a journalist sitting here on television, I don't have to condemn anyone, anything, that is something that you should ask other people around the country."
"There's only one group in America - one, Don - that truly cares about the lives of black people in these urban ghettos, and it's the American police officer who goes down there on a daily basis, puts their life on the line to protect who? Black people," said Clarke.
Unlike most Republican and/or right-wing guests on CNN, Clarke refused to prostrate before the political sacred cows of the left.
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