Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke gave his opinion at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday that one of the core policies of President Donald Trump has been present since America became a nation. Clarke said:
“President George Washington himself observed upon the occasion of his first inaugural, ‘There is a rank due to the United States among nations that will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness.’ Allow me to translate that from the language of 1789 to 2017,” Clarke said. “It means, ‘Put America first.’”
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One day before Clarke’s comments, Trump told the conference this:
“Global cooperation, dealing with other countries, getting along with other countries is good, it’s very important. But there is no such thing as a global anthem, a global currency or a global flag. This is the United States of America that I’m representing. I’m not representing the globe, I’m representing your country.
There’s one allegiance that unites us all, and that is to America. America, it’s the allegiance to America. No matter our background or income, or geography, we’re all citizens of this blessed land. And no matter our color or the blood — the color of the blood we bleed, it’s the same red blood of great, great patriots. Remember, great patriots, we all salute with pride, the same American flag, and we all are equal — totally equal in the eyes of almighty God, we’re equal.”
Clarke said that Trump has increased the pride in out nation, and he even called him “a voice for that pride I have found lacking in the past eight years.” He continued by saying:
“In President Donald Trump, we have chosen a leader. We were constantly told by former President Barack Obama that America needed to humble itself. He told us humility is a virtue. False humility is an affront to the sense. Pride in the greatness and might of our nation has never been a sin.”
Clarke also commented on the need for immigration reform:
“We have border states that have … disproportionately borne the brunt of our failure to act over the past decade,” Clark said. “Is there a state in this union where the impact of that failure is not felt by the American people?
We must have the courage to do what is morally right.”
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