Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke spoke with a very pro-law enforcement message, beginning his statement with, “Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to make something very clear: Blue lives matter in America.”
Clarke, who had a contentious interview with CNN host Don Lemon on Sunday, said protest groups such as Black Lives Matter have gone beyond peaceful protest. Clarke said he predicted the shootings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge over the last two weeks, but his remarks were more tempered during his speech at the RNC.
“American law enforcement officers understand that race is and has been a heated issue in our country,” Clarke said. “These are truths that are self-evident to me … they are truths that Donald Trump understands and supports.
Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton, a former Afghanistan and Iraq veteran, spoke about foreign policy, taking the Obama administration to task for “talking more about ending wars than winning them.” Cotton served as a clerk in the U.S. Court of Appeals before working in a private practice. He quit in 2004 to join the Army and entered Officer Candidate School.
Darryl Glenn, a candidate for the U.S. Senate from Colorado, spoke out against the handout culture.
“Frankly, somebody with a nice tan needs to say this: All lives matter.”
He said the country is more racially divided than before Barack Obama became president in 2008. He said Hillary Clinton, “loves pantsuits, but we should send her an email and tell her she deserves a bright orange jumpsuit.”