In a move tackily reminiscent of Trump’s own Twitter feed, former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke posted a puerile meme in a pathetic attempt to pander to the President’s base of far-right conservatives.
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 pic.twitter.com/T2NY2psHCR
— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) December 30, 2017
The intent was not lost on MSNBC’s Joy Reid, who delivered a viral ass-kicking to the disgraced sheriff in response.
LOL you wear fake medals and even the Trump administration wouldn’t hire you. Also I think your caps lock is sticking. You might want to get that looked at. https://t.co/H6u1oCvUBD
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) December 31, 2017
Notwithstanding the fact that the former Milwaukee County sheriff decorates himself in shiny pins and medals that come across as imposing military adornment, Reid lambasts Clarke for his humiliating inability to get a job even in the Trump administration.
Clarke had been considered by Trump for a position in the Department of Homeland Security, but ultimately withdrew his name from consideration. The former sheriff was plagued by accusations of plagiarism, as well as reports of inhumane conditions in jails he oversaw that even led to the death of one inmate.
Of course, Clarke’s tweet itself is adequate grounds for criticism.
Clarke’s image reeks of desperation not only because it depicts him and Trump “fighting” the “LYING LIB MEDIA” together, but it comes on the heels of an ABC News report stating that a similar tweet by Trump – in which he “wrestles” the CNN logo – was his second most popular tweet of 2017.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2017
In other words, a desperate-for-attention Clarke decided to delve into the dregs of social media in hopes that his tweet would go viral.
Clarke may hope to fail his way to the top, but Americans are sick and tired of public officials – full-grown adults – acting like petulant teenagers to score cheap laughs with their bases. With his pathetic reputation in tatters, the disgraced former Sheriff may have swung for the fences, but he struck out in humiliating fashion.
Joy Reid made sure of that.