Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke: President Trump 'does not have a racist bone in his body'

Posted: 10:23 AM, Aug 18, 2017
Updated: 2017-08-18 16:04:30Z

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke came to the defense of President Donald Trump on FOX News this week.

Appearing on Sean Hannity's talk show, the sheriff vigorously defended the president against claims that his response to last weekend's violence in Charlottesville has helped enable the rise of white supremacy.

"I know him personally. Look, he does not have a racist bone in his body," the sheriff said.

Clarke also argued that Trump's response would have drawn condemnation from Democrats no matter the content.

"No matter what President Trump would have said, it wouldn't have drawn any applause from the left. That's just the way they are right now," he said.

While those on both side of the aisle, including 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch , have criticized the president's reaction to the violence, Sheriff Clarke told viewers his response hit the mark.

"I thought what he said was measured, it was thoughtful, it was very presidential," the sheriff said. "And it calmed the waters, unlike his predecessor Barack Obama, who after every one of these situations poured hot sauce on a simmering situation."