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Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Blames 'Progressive Left' for Riots

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke minced no words when he commented on the causes of the riots that have roiled Milwaukee the last two nights.

Clarke, a black Democrat known for his strong pro-gun views and opposition to Black Lives Matter, went on an epic rant against the rioters. He blamed the "progressive left" as well as "kowtowing city officials" for creating an atmosphere in which the rioters could flourish.

Clarke penned an op-ed for The Hill that was excerpted by the Washington Times:

“As Sheriff of Milwaukee County, I am furious that the progressive left has put my citizens in harm’s way and that I had to send my officers into cauldrons of anarchy and hatred that were created by the left,” he continued. “As an elected public servant, I am livid that Milwaukee’s pathetic, kowtowing city officials and aldermen take this opportunity to abandon their citizens and preen before the Black Lives Matter-enabling media.”

Wow. Just wow. And he's just getting warmed up:

"The officer-involved-shooting was simply a catalyst that ignited the already volatile mixture of inescapable poverty, failing K-12 public schools, dysfunctional lifestyle choices like father absent homes, gang involvement, drug/alcohol abuse and massive unemployment,” he argued.

“That things have not improved and in fact worsened in the American ghetto after eight years of Barack Obama is remarkable only to those who have not been paying attention to our nation’s cities,” Sheriff Clarke continued. “There’s only one answer, which is for the citizens of America to expose and heap scorn on this lying and dangerous triad of big government, liberal mainstream media and the lost souls of the urban ghettos both these institutions feed upon for their power.

“What happened Saturday night and again Sunday night had little to do with police use of force — it was a collapse of the social order where tribal behavior leads to reacting to circumstances instead of waiting for facts to emerge,” the sheriff wrote. “The actions were the manifestation of a population with no hope, no stake in the American dream that could provide advancement and purpose and pride of self. They are the ones lied to, exploited by and ultimately manipulated by the Democrats who claim to care. They are victims of the left, but they are not without blame. It’s time for them to remember their own humanity, their own dignity, and to fight for that return to the American Dream that the left would withhold from them.”

That is one of the best elucidations of how the anti-poverty brigades from the federal government have made our big cities unlivable for so many and caused an epidemic of hopelessness and despair among poor blacks.

Clarke had more to say during an interview on Fox News. Watch on the next page.