David Clarke, the former sheriff of Milwaukee County and an outspoken conservative firebrand who was once considered for a role in the Trump administration, had a tweet removed from his Twitter timeline after he encouraged people to defy medical experts’ opinions regarding how to handle the present coronavirus situation.
Clarke, who still uses the moniker “sheriff” is his profile despite not being an actual sheriff for a few years now, also suggested that the calls for people to stay away from public settings as much as possible were part of a grander conspiracy involving billionaire George Soros.
“Not ONE media outlet has asked about George Soros’s involvement in this FLU panic. He is SOMEWHERE involved in this,” Clarke said, according to reporting from the Washington Post.
Medical experts have warned against comparing coronavirus and the flu. Conspiracy theories against Soros have often been made by members of the far-right, often with anti-Semitic sentiments attached to them.
Clarke also encouraged people to disregard warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which have told people to try and stay away from large crowds as much as possible, telling others who can to work from home, if possible, to promote a strategy of “social distancing.”
In a now-deleted tweet, Clarke told his followers to ignore those calls and “go into the streets.”
“Visit bars, restaurants, shopping malls, CHURCHES and demand that your schools re-open,” he added. “NOW!”
Twitter has since removed the tweet as it violated their terms and services.
Clarke was once considered by President Donald Trump to take an assistant secretary position within the Department of Homeland Security. But his name was withdrawn from consideration after his many controversies from being sheriff of Milwaukee County made national headlines, including the deaths of four individuals who had been in jails that his office managed.
Clarke called those deaths a “manufactured issue” and a “disguised political attack.”
“People die in hospitals, people die in nursing homes, people die – doesn’t mean we had anything to do with it,” Clarke said in the past, according to reporting from The Guardian.
One of the deaths that occurred in the jails he managed was an infant child, who had been born in the cell of an individual who was pregnant. In spite of calls from her for help, the mother was ignored, and her infant did not survive after childbirth.
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