If there’s one thing that has become clear since Trump took office, it’s that he has no tolerance for those who would dare express opposition to him.
David Clarke is among those who have been with the president essentially through thick and thin at this point. He was the Sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, until late last year when he resigned in order to, in the description of Business Insider, “become a spokesman and adviser to a pro-Trump super PAC.”
Late last week, he took to Twitter to respond to negative press coverage about him by following after the traditions for such a thing laid down by the president. The infamous cowboy hat wearing Clarke took it a step further then Trump usually does, including a call for violence in his tweet.
Last Saturday, he wrote on Twitter:
‘BREAKING NEWS! When LYING LIB MEDIA makes up FAKE NEWS to smear me, the ANTIDOTE is go right at them. 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.’
In the face of the unsurprising backlash against him, he has unsurprisingly seemingly chosen to delete the tweet. It’s no longer visible on the account.
Clarke’s anger was over reporting on an FBI inquiry into him from early last year. The inquiry was over the allegations of a man who had been on a flight with Clarke and expressed apparently visible remorse at the Sheriff’s presence, seeing as he was and remains an incendiary figure. That man said that he was questioned by deputies for no reason other than his peaceful and passing expression of protest.
The FBI investigated Clarke and found that he had directed “his deputies to stop and question [passenger Dan] Black without legal justification,” but the agency declined to bring charges.