MSNBC Anchor To Sheriff David Clarke: Why Aren't You Concerned About Jeff Sessions' Racial Past?


Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke joins MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle to discuss the increase in police shootings, his support for President-elect Donald Trump, and Trump's controversial choices for cabinet members. Clarke also weighed in on the arrest of Otis Tyrone Mckane, the suspect for the execution-style shooting of a police officer in San Antonio, Texas.

"Why is it that you don't have concerns about Jeff Sessions and racial insensitivity?" the white MSNBC anchor asked the black sheriff. "You've said in the past that you don't believe he has a racist bone in his body. But if a police officer shoots an unarmed man there's a very good chance that ends up in a Jeff Sessions Department of Justice."

"Many people are concerned about Jeff Sessions as it relates to race relations," Ruhle declared.

Clarke noted as Attorney General of Alabama Sessions was instrumental in desegregated schools and prosecuted a Klan member who received the death penalty.

"What you're going to get from Jeff Sessions is a fair enforcement, consistent enforcement of the rule of law," Clarke said. "He's dedicated, committed to the rule of law and the constitution of the United States."

"One of the things that the Civil Rights Movement in the United States has asked for is the consistent application of the law so that politics doesn't creep in. That's what you're going to get from Jeff Sessions," Clarke also said.

"I know Donald Trump," the sheriff said. "I've spent personal time with him not just in a rope line. He's a fair individual. He is also not a racist. This is a political slander, that's all this is. This is what goes on when the left can not say anything nice about somebody on the right. They'll the 'r-word' out there and watch them twist in the wind as they sit up there and try to deny the fact that claim is true."

"Everybody needs to settle down," he added. "Give the man a chance. Let him take some time to try to heal this nation. That's what's needed right now. I said early on in the election one of the first things I would suggest the next president do is deliver a Gettysburg-type address to try to bring this nation back together and heal."

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