Former talk radio host and current MSNBC contributor Charlie Sykes called conservative Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke "my Frankenstein monster."
Sykes, who acknowledged himself as a conservative in an interview Sunday with MSNBC's Joy Reid, said the sheriff wears his uniform as "prop."
"Do you see in Sheriff Clarke someone who still wants to be sheriff and, you know. let more people die in his jail?" host Joy Reid asked.
"It's an interesting question," Sykes responded, "because I'm sure they would like to keep wearing that uniform as a prop when he goes on Fox News."
"I do think that Sheriff Clarke in the last year has really sort of 'beclowned' himself, and I refer to him as kind of 'my Frankenstein monster.' There was a time when Sheriff Clarke had some substantive things to say, but clearly the ego and the big hat, I think, have gotten the best of him," Sykes said.
Transcript, via Newsbusters:
JOY REID: There is a "draft Clarke for Senate" movement, Charlie Sykes. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported about outside political groups raising money to get him to switch jobs and run for the Senate or maybe even try to get into the Trump campaign. His travel schedule -- he's all over the country speaking, raising -- making -- lots of money as a public speaker. Do you see in Sheriff Clarke someone who still wants to be sheriff and, you know. let more people die in his jail?
(laughter can be heard in background)
CHARLIE SYKES, MSNBC CONTRIBUTOR: No, I -- it's a -- (pauses to chuckle) -- it's an interesting question because I'm sure they would like to keep wearing that uniform as a prop when he goes on Fox News.
SYKES: Which is about the only time that we ever see him around here. I mean he is awol. He's basically bailed on Milwaukee. So I actually don't see him running for reelection. I think that he thinks that he is bigger than the sheriff's job and he's really transformed himself into this mini Trump wannabe. And that's his career trajectory.
REID: And Charlie Sykes, as someone who was, you know, a long time in conservative talk radio, talk radio in the past was very supportive of this guy. But you just hinted at some of your change of heart, that you think that he's been awol. Would Republicans get behind him if he runs against Tammy Baldwin for the United States Senate?
SYKES: No, I think there's going to be a very, very crowded primary. They have a lot of quality candidates, and I do think that Sheriff Clarke in the last year has really sort of "beclowned" himself, and I refer to him as kind of "my Frankenstein monster." There was a time when Sheriff Clarke had some substantive things to say, but clearly the ego and the big hat, I think, have gotten the best of him. But I don't see that as a plausible path for him.
REID: Yeah. And, Lena Taylor, if he were to lose and not get a job in the Trump administration, is there a job out there in Wisconsin that a good old Sheriff Clarke could do? Could you think up some career options for him if he ends up unemployed?
STATE SENATOR LENA TAYLOR (D-WI): You know, I can't think of a job that I want him to have --
REID: Do you need a legislative aide?
TAYLOR: -- Joy, in Milwaukee County. I would never hire him, Joy, and I'm so glad to hear that Charlie Sykes and I agree that David Clarke is all hat and no cattle.
REID: We did this segment specifically to get State Senate Lena Taylor and Charlie Sykes to agree on TV because no one would be expecting that. So we do the unexpected here on AM Joy.
SYKES: It's a first.
REID: Thank you guys very much. Appreciate it.