Sheriff David Clarke did not hold back when he shared his thoughts on the current relationship between President Trump and the black community.
Clarke appeared on Fox and Friends to talk about huge Civil Rights icons, including Rep. John Lewis, decision to protest Trump’s attendance at the opening the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.
“Donald Trump realizes that he is the president of all people,” Clarke said. “He also realizes that actions speak louder than words.”
“What these obstinate people are afraid of, (is) that President Donald Trump is winning hearts and minds quietly and slowly throughout black America, as they are willing to give him a chance as he asked during the campaign,” he continued.
Clarke then said that the opening “will be better off without those people there.”
Co-host Pete Hegseth asked him whether Trump’s attendance could be seen as the president “shining a light” on the museum’s importance.
“He adds to the moment, and he’s being responsible in doing so,” Clarke responded. “Look, Donald Trump could care less about whether any of these are showing up or what they think. He’s going to do what’s in the best interest of all American’s — and the right thing to do, the best thing to do is to show up at this opening and just kind of ignore the fact that some people have chosen this to use as a platform to make a political statement.”
After President Trump received the invitation to the event, many black leaders, including Lewis, announced they will not be going to the ceremony due to Trump’s attendance.
“President Trump’s attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum,” announced Lewis and Democratic Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson.
President Trump attended the ceremony and even delivered a brief speech.
“The Civil Rights Museum records the oppression inflicted on the African American community — the fight to end slavery, to end Jim Crow, to gain the right to vote — so that others might live in freedom,” Trump stated.
“Today we pay solemn tribute to our heroes of the past and dedicate ourselves to building a future of freedom, equality, justice, peace,” he continued.
Clarke then also took a shot at the Georgia representative.
“John, who?” Clarke asked at the start, which infuriated Williams, who replied by stating Lewis’ history as civil rights advocate.
“John Lewis — he was bloodied on the Selma bridge, sheriff, when he was trying to protest voting rights and organizing sit-ins,” Williams said, talking about Lewis’ role during the Civil Rights Movement.
“John Lewis has become one of the most irrelevant members of Congress,” Clarke responded.
Clarke then pointed out the “the high poverty, the high unemployment,” and “the crime that goes on and the failing schools” present in Lewis’ 5th congressional district of Georgia.
He then said that Lewis’ currently is focused on using racial problems as a platform for political grandeur
“He has to pull a political stunt like this. He can’t even honor the civil rights museum opening,” Clarke added. “He has to pull a political stunt to get news coverage. That’s how bad this is.”