Christian sheriff calls for an uprising if Trump loses election

Christian sheriff calls for an uprising if Trump loses election October 16, 2016

Responding to suggestions that the polls in the upcoming US presidential election might be rigged, flamboyant Sheriff David A Clarke, above, of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin,  yesterday tweeted:

It’s incredible that our institutions of gov, WH, Congress, DOJ, and big media are corrupt & all we do is bitch. Pitchforks and torches time.

Alongside his message was the photo below.tweet
Trump had earlier said at a rally in New Hampshire on Saturday:

We’re going to beat the rigged system; we’re going to beat the rigged election.

Trump, according to this report, has made similar allegations before, encouraging his supporters to watch the polls on election day to “make sure it’s on the up and up”.
His comments seemed specifically aimed at sending his (overwhelmingly white) supporters to “watch” polls in inner-city areas, which have a higher population of black and Hispanic Americans. Trump is actively recruiting poll watchers at rallies and on social media.
Voting rights advocates have raised alarms that the kind of monitoring Trump is asking for is likely to make it more difficult for people of colour and other disenfranchised populations to vote – which could actually have consequences for the democratic process.
As Sheriff Clarke’s tweet shows, the rigged election rhetoric could also have real consequences should Trump lose the election.
At a recent rally in Cincinnati, Trump supporters told a reporter for the Boston Globe that they intended to head to local polling stations and watch for illegal immigrants, and that they suspected Hillary Clinton’s campaign was stuffing ballot boxes. They also floated ideas of armed rebellion and assassination.
Dan Bowman, a 50-year-old contractor said:

If she’s in office, I hope we can start a coup. She should be in prison or shot. That’s how I feel about it. We’re going to have a revolution and take them out of office if that’s what it takes. There’s going to be a lot of bloodshed. But that’s what it’s going to take… I would do whatever I can for my country.

Coming from right-wing twats, this sort of talk is par for the course in this increasingly bizarre presidential campaign, but it is shocking that an elected law enforcement officer like Clarke – who is a registered DEMOCRAT! – should side with the firebrands.
Clarke is no stranger to controversy. Back in 2006 he invited members of an evangelical Christian organisation, the Fellowship of Christian Centurions, to speak at several mandatory employee meetings, at which the group members proselytised. Several deputies complained about the groups’ proselytising, but Clarke refused to stop the presentations.
The sheriff deputies’ union and two individual sheriff’s deputies (a Catholic and a Muslim) successfully sued Clarke in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Clarke appealed to the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, which upheld the lower court’s ruling in 2009. The sheriff did not seek review in the US Supreme Court.
Clarke makes frequent appearances on national conservative and other television and radio shows, where he weighs in on national and international issues. Clarke frequently refers to the Black Lives Matter movement as “Black Lies Matter”.

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  • Vanity Unfair

    18 U.S. Code § 2383 – Rebellion or insurrection
    Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.
    (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 808; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, §?330016(1)(L), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2147.)

    And this is an elected sheriff?

  • Broga

    The events in the election will repay analysis by psychiatrists, psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists and brain specialists to figure out what is now happening. Trump, a posturing, strutting, sexually flaky buffoon is revered by people who claim to espouse values he clearly tramples in the gutter.
    Clinton has a voice that would cut glass and a record of behaviour that would get her turned down as a local dog catcher.
    And the sub text of all the lies, deceits and fornication is the very religion that they claim to follow as essential to hold the USA to the best Christian morals.
    With this pair in the slips whoever wins will be bad news for the USA. But Trump, easily bored, vain, needing flattery and the attention span of a gnat, has the potential to create havoc.

  • Tsar Jones

    [QUOTE] Pitchforks and torches time.[/QUOTE]
    Pitchforks, guillotine, and torches time.

  • sailor1031

    If the election is rigged – and it is – it is because teh republicans have rigged it. Just as they did in 2004 when they stole the election for Bush, they have been busily dropping the poor, blacks and hispanics from voter rolls; they have deliberately passed new requirements for ID documents that are more difficult for poor, black, old and hispanic potential voters; they have ensured that there are no audit trails for the voting machines that have been in the past programmed to ignore votes for democratic candidates or to reassign them to republican candidates; they are planning to provide fewer voting places in poor districts and have them open fewer hours and they have tried to limit advance voting, mail voting and absentee voting since these are used more by poor working people who can’t afford to take time off work to stand in line hours to vote (law only gives two hours absence from work for voting).
    Republicans suck!

  • Laura Roberts

    As sailor1031 says, “legal” vote-rigging has been going on for decades, through voter suppression and gerrymandering. There is some evidence that illegal vote-rigging may also have taken place, but I’ve not seen anything wholly compelling. In every case I’m aware of, it has been Republicans “legally” rigging the votes, as Democratic candidates usually benefit the most from high voter turnout.
    I sincerely hope Clarke’s farcical rhetoric doesn’t result in real violence, but we’ve seen this brand of stochastic terrorism before.

  • Bill

    Most mercans don’t care as long as they have a triple bacon cheese monster burger in one hand, tv remote in the other, a cool box full of cold beers and their fat asses parked in a king sized sofa. No way they care if they allow such farcical electioneering practices and if they allow themselves to be lumbered with such joke candidates as Trump and Clinton. The good ole US of A is a lost cause now.

  • Great Satan

    The election has already been rigged by and for the so called “Democrats” by the importation of immigrants, as was the London mayoral election in which Sadiq Khan won with the block vote of unwanted muslim immigrants.

  • Newspaniard

    Isn’t this fun! Never before has there been such interest in a USA presidential election. Never before has there been such laughter generated by a USA presidential election. Never before has there been so much corruption involved with both candidates in a USA presidential election. Thank goodness I live in a constitutional monarchy and my political leader(s) can be thrown out (for farting in church). 🙂

  • Smokey

    That outfit reminds of Blazing Saddles…

  • barriejohn

    The American political system is rigged so that only multi-millionaires have a chance of being elected!
    “We want our presidents to be born in log cabins, as long as they move to mansions by adulthood.”
    The views of Richard Stallman, well-known academic and activist:

  • Broga

    This election is providing entertainment as two corrupt parties go head to head. To add to the amusement Trump’s dopey supporters think he intends to speak for the ordinary voter. If Trump is elected a reality check will soon be on the way.

  • Brian Jordan

    Off topic, but may I please ask people to read the opinion piece here by Maryam Namazie and sign her petition on blasphemy in Islam? She’s only asking for 500 signatures and now it’s up to about 325. Let’s push to make it at least 1000!

  • Vanity Unfair

    To Smokey:
    Yes, I knew I had seen it somewhere.
    Perhaps just a touch of Three Amigos in there too?

  • barriejohn

    I’m probably older than you guys:
    “Adios amigos.”
    “See you soon!”

  • He needs to read his bible
    Romans 13:1-7
    Submission to Governing Authorities
    13 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.
    6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

  • Newspaniard

    @Brian Jordan. *Ahem* What link?

  • barriejohn

    Newspaniard: I take it that he meant “on this site”.
    The link is provided there!

  • Newspaniard

    @barriejohn. Thanks for that. I can’t believe that there are so few signers.