When it comes to fascism, controversial former Milwaukee sheriff David Clarke, a supporter of Donald Trump, would rather not take a side.
One year after the gathering of Nazi sympathizers and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., left civil rights activist Heather Heyer dead, Clarke appeared on Showtime’s “Who Is America?” and didn’t condemn fascism. But he did condemn anti-fascists.
In 1930s Germany, the rise of fascism brought Hitler to power, leading to World War II, the Holocaust, and the death of hundreds of thousands. Anti-fascists might have put a stop to Hitler’s reign. But that’s not who former Milwaukee sheriff David Clarke sees as a villain.
Interviewed by Cohen’s Finnish YouTube character OMGWhizzBoyOMG, Clarke said he believed anti-fascists were anarchists. “They promote chaos.”
That’s where Cohen, as OMGWhizzBoyOMG, sought some clarification:
OMGWhizzBoyOMG: “If you were a sheriff in the 30s in Germany and the anti-fascists were marching, the antifa were marching, what would you have done to stop them?”
Clarke: “You have to act aggressively. You use force to disperse the crowd, you have to be willing to arrest people, take them to jail.”
OMGWhizzBoyOMG: “Exactly, it’s a shame there weren’t brave sheriffs like you around in Germany in the ’30s. Because you could have protected the fascists and let them speak their mind a bit clearer. And then things could have been done a bit quicker.”
Clarke: “You don’t want to take sides when you say, ‘protect the fascists.'”
OMGWhizzBoyOMG: “Of course, particularly not in Germany in the ’30s.”
Clarke’s comment that “you don’t want to take sides” is reminiscent of how Trump, in the wake of Charlottesville, attempted to play false equivalence between white supremacists and anti-white supremacists, arguing that there were “fine people” on both sides. See, not too long ago, it wasn’t hard to take sides when it came to fascism. Fascism, white supremacy, Nazis: Bad.
Sunday’s night’s episode, the fifth in the “Who Is America?” series, also featured former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, Youth Shooters of America founder Daniel Roberts, DJ Jake Inphamous, and Rap Genius founder Mahbod Moghadam.