"War has been declared on the American police officer," and President Barack Obama is fueling the situation, an angry Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said Friday morning following shooting deaths of five Dallas Police officers who were killed while patrolling a Black Lives Matter rally Thursday night.
"Have we heard from the cop hater-in-chief, Barack Obama and Mrs. Bill Clinton who exploited the situations," Clarke told Fox News' "Fox & Friends"
program, commenting initially about the deaths of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana this week, both of whom were shot and killed by white police officers.
"Horrible situations no doubt, but especially the commander in chief opens his mouth and he sticks his foot in it. He starts exploiting things that just don't exist."
"He didn't cause this," said Clarke, pivoting back to Dallas. "But he fuels this sort of anger, this misplaced anger, about things going on that were thousands of miles away. This stuff didn't happen anywhere near Dallas."
Clarke pointed out that he said nearly two years ago that "war had been declared on the American police officer," after two New York Police Department officers were killed in their cruiser by a person who said he was making amends for Michael Brown's shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.
"Some thought that was over the top when I said that war had been declared but the American police officer knows it has," said Clarke. "This is just another ugly chapter in that war."
In the case of Dallas, there is no way to prepare for an ambush that comes during a mass gathering of people, said Clarke.
The sheriff also had harsh words for the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who overnight told a London radio show that presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump and ultraconservative groups are to blame for the Dallas violence.
"I say nothing to Rev. Jackson," said Clarke. "He is another one of those blowhards whose time has passed and he's trying to stay relevant and he talks like that. I'll tell you right now, nobody who's running for president right now, there are only two people left, have stood behind or stood behind the American law enforcement like Trump.
"I can't wait for January 20, I believe of 2017 when President Obama leaves the White House for the last time and I hope and pray that Donald J. Trump becomes the next commander in chief. "
Trump will "stand beside us and support us, unambiguously," Clark continued, "and we know we won't get that out of Mrs. Bill Clinton. I think the saddest day for law enforcement will be if she becomes president of the United States."
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