Twitter Suspends Former Sheriff David Clarke For Advocating Violence Against Media

Written by Dana Sanchez

Former Milwaukee Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr., a vocal Donald Trump supporter, was temporarily blocked from Twitter after users complained that three of his tweets called for violence against the media, CNN reported.

In one of the tweets, which was later deleted, Clarke said, “When LYING LIB MEDIA makes up MAKE NEWS to smear me, the ANTIDOTE is to 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.”

Twitter rules require that users “may not make specific threats of violence or wish for the serious physical harm, death, or disease of an individual or group of people.”

Clarke resigned from his post as sheriff in 2017 to join the super PAC America First Action, which helps elect candidates who support the Trump administration.

He announced in May he was going to join the administration as an assistant secretary in Department of Homeland Security, serving as a liaison with law enforcement at several levels across the country. In June, however, a DHS spokesman told CNN Clarke was no longer under consideration.

Clarke is despised by civil rights advocates, CNN reported. His controversial comments include calling members of the Black Lives Matter movement “purveyors of hate.”

During his management of a Milwaukee County Jail, an inmate died of dehydration after going a week without water, according to prosecutors.

David Clarke
Image: David Clarke/Twitter/Huffington Post

Clarke’s account was placed in what Twitter calls a “limited state,” in which a user can only send a direct message to followers until some kind of action is taken on the account.

Clarke tweeted other media attacks on Tuesday, but there were no calls for acts of physical violence, Variety. reported.

He wrote, “I will NOT be Intimidated into silence by LYING LIB MEDIA. I will NOT be intimidated by LIBERAL hyper partisan government HACKS who weaponize government authority to go after people whose views they don’t like. I will STAND AND FIGHT for TRUTH & what I believe is RIGHT.”




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About Dana Sanchez
Dana Sanchez is the editor of and She has worked in digital and print news media as a business writer and news editor. She has a master's degree in mass communications from the University of South Florida. Prior to working in news, Dana worked in advertising.

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