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Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke: White House "Fanning The Flames Of Racial Discord"

DAVID CLARKE, MILWAUKEE COUNTY SHERIFF: Look, race is an explosive issue in this country. It has been for a long time. I don’t know if it’s going to get better, but it was improving, there’s just no doubt about that. Anybody that would deny that is not living in reality. But that wound has been opened again, and some of it is because of the divisive politics that the White House has been playing.

You know, look at the political strategy that's is going on. This fictitious war on women -- pitting men against women; this fanning the flames of racial discord, pitting whites against blacks; this class warfare, the 1%, the rich, tax the rich, on and on and on is pitting American against American.

So, that wound is beginning to open again, unfortunately and people are benefiting politically from it. But the president of the United States and Eric Holder, what they say matters. And when they say things, people listen. These are smart men. They know that words matter. And they know they need to choose their words carefully because when they speak, they need to speak for all Americans. But what I've heard over the last couple of months since the Ferguson incident, is that these two men have taken sides. That's not healthy for the American people...

I wish I would have been invited to that White House summit, although it was nothing more than Kabuki theater yesterday. I would have said, 'Mr. President, you spent a trillion dollars on a stimulus package promising a robust economy that would produce jobs. Mr. President, where are the jobs?' If people find meaningful work, it occupies their time, and you don’t have all these individuals just idling around, building up frustration and anger because their life isn’t going the way they thought it should.

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