Controversial sheriff who ‘ordered officers to arrest a fellow plane passenger he fought with‘ posts provocative cartoon on Twitter and blasts ‘lying lib media‘ for making up claim that he is being investigated by the FBI
Controversial Ex-Milwaukee County Sheriff David A Clarke went on a Twitter rampage blaming the ‘lying liberal‘ media for ‘smearing him‘ in response to reports about a past FBI investigation that looked into his emails.
Clarke tweeted on Saturday a photoshopped picture of him kicking CNN in the face in a ‘wresting match‘ while President restrained the cable news company.
‘BREAKING NEWS! When LYING LIB MEDIA makes up FAKE NEWS to smear me, the ANTIDOTE is go right at them,‘ the ex-Sheriff tweeted.
‘Punch them in the nose & MAKE THEM TASTE THEIR OWN BLOOD. Nothing gets a bully like LYING LIB MEDIA‘S attention better than to give them a taste of their own blood #neverbackdown‘.
Clarke also blasted news organizations for reportedly making up the claim that he is under investigation.
‘Lib media trying to silence me with FAKE NEWS reports of an FBI investigation because I have been wearing them out in messaging. It won‘t work,‘ he wrote Saturday morning.
‘I am not under any investigation. I will increase the hammering of them because they are scum buckets. The truth always wins in the end.
Clarke‘s provocative cartoon tweet drew comparisons to a modified video Trump posted in July of his 2007 appearance at World Wrestling Entertainment‘s WrestleMania 23 promotion, in which Trump ‘takes down‘ WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.
In the altered video, McMahon‘s head has been replaced with the CNN logo and as Trump beats his opponent, ‘FNN Fraud News Network‘ appears at the bottom of the screen in script similar to that of CNN.
On Friday, several news outlets reported that an FBI search warrant from March, related to an intimidation lawsuit, to look into the ex-sheriff‘s personal email after the court filing was made public this week.
Despite reporting that the probe was closed in May, Clarke said reports of him being under FBI investigation are ‘fake news‘ being used as a tactic to silence him.
His tweet about making the media ‘taste‘ their own blood was reported to Twitter, but the company reported back to Clarke to say he was not found to be in violation of its rules.
Clarke shared the message from Twitter and claimed he is ‘[w]inning against LYING LIB MEDIA and Whiney SNOWFLAKES again.‘
According to the, the incident took place on January 15 as Clarke ordered his deputies to stop Dan Black, who spoke to him briefly on an airplane as it flew into Milwaukee earlier this year.
Clarke, known for his outspoken support of Trump as well as questionable policing and incarceration methods, was sued by Black.
The 24-year-old passenger was detained by about a half-dozen Milwaukee County deputies after his arrival at Mitchell International Airport following a flight from Dallas-Fort Worth at the time.
The deputies were ordered by their boss, Clarke, to stop Black after the two men held a brief exchange on board the American Airlines flight, the Journal Sentinel reported.
After the plane landed and was sitting on the tarmac, Clarke sent a text message to one of his captains which read: ‘Just a field interview, no arrest unless he become an a*****e with your guys.‘
‘Question for him is why he said anything to me. Why didn‘t he just keep his mouth shut?‘
‘Follow him to baggage and out the door,‘ Clarke texted. ‘You can escort me to carousel after I point him out.‘
The texts were provided by Black‘s attorney.
Black, a resident of the Riverwest section of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, also sued Milwaukee County and the deputies who detained him after the flight.
They escorted him to baggage claim during the incident. Soon afterward, he was released.
Clarke‘s lawyer claims that Black accosted his client as he was sitting in first class on the American Airlines flight just before takeoff.
‘Plaintiff stopped adjacent to Sheriff Clarke‘s seat as Plaintiff boarded the plane and asked him if he was Sheriff Clarke,‘ the sheriff‘s attorneys wrote.
‘Sheriff Clarke responded in the affirmative.
‘Plaintiff then, while standing over Clarke and in very close proximity to Clarke given the confines of the airline cabin, and in a physically threatening manner, stared at Clarke and shook his head at him for a prolonged period of time,‘ the lawyers wrote.
‘Clarke asked plaintiff if he had a problem with him, to which plaintiff did not respond.‘
Black‘s version of events is slightly different.
He claimed that he noticed Clarke wearing Dallas Cowboys gear instead of his usual signature Stetson hat.
Black then asked Clarke if he was indeed the sheriff, who confirmed that he was.
Clarke then asked Black if he had a problem, to which Black responded that he did not.
Black denies he was standing over Clarke in a ‘physically threatening manner.‘
Released May surveillance video from the arrival terminal at the airport shows Clarke coming out of the plane and greeting a number of uniformed officers with a police dog.
As Clarke greets them, he gives a salute.
A little over two minutes later, Black emerges and is met by two deputies.
After Black filed suit, Clarke hit out at him over social media.
On the Milwaukee County Sheriff‘s Office Facebook page, Clarke posted a meme that showed a picture of Black with the caption: ‘Cheer up, snowflake…If Sheriff Clarke were to really harass you, you wouldn‘t be around to whine about it.‘
In the weeks after the incident took place, the federal government launched an investigation that it eventually closed due to lack of evidence.
It is unclear, however, if the government had access to the video which will certainly play a role in the lawsuit filed by Black against Clarke.
Clarke refused to cooperate with the investigation.
The probe had been placed on hold given that Clarke is reportedly in line to take a job at the Department of Homeland Security.