The theme of the first day at the Republican National Convention was “Make America Safe Again,” and to go along with the theme the party picked a list of guests willing to speak the truth on what we as a nation need.
With all that has happened lately in our country with the targeting of police officers, Trump’s campaign found it appropriate to bring Sheriff David Clarke to speak in Cleveland.
For those of you who may not know, Sheriff Clarke has gotten a lot of recognition over the last few years for calling out the president for his divisive rhetoric in regards to police officers. In several instances Clarke has said Obama’s comments have only made tensions worse between cops and the communities they serve.
“This anti-police rhetoric sweeping the country has turned out some hateful things inside of people that are now playing themselves out on the American police officer.”
At the Republican National Convention, Clarke opened the night off with a statement that had the entire arena on their feet, cheering in support:
“Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to make something very clear, ‘Blue Lives Matter in America.’”
This comes just days after another tragic cop murder, this time in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where three cops were ambushed, and killed. Clarke said that we can’t be great again if we can’t have security in our own towns:
“We simply cannot be great if we do not feel safe in our homes, on our streets, in our schools.
I see this every day at street level where many Americans increasingly have an uneasiness about the ability of their families to live safely in these troubling times.
This transcends race, religion, ethnicity, gender, age and lifestyle.”