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10/15/2016 12:58 pm ET Updated Oct 17, 2016

Sheriff Supporting Trump Says It's Time To Bring Out 'Pitchforks And Torches'

This is horrifying.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke suggests that Americans resort to "pitchforks and torches" because he says the governme
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Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke suggests that Americans resort to "pitchforks and torches" because he says the government is corrupt.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, a vocal backer of Donald Trump, is urging Americans to take up pitchforks and torches, as the GOP nominee claims that the presidential election is rigged against him.

Clarke, who has called the Occupy and Black Lives Matter protests “anarchy,” made the call to arms on Twitter Saturday. He also complained about branches of government and media of being corrupt.

Clarke’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

His complaints of corruption follow Trump’s claims that the presidential election is rigged against him, as his polling sinks.

The whole thing is one big fix. One big ugly lie. It’s one big fix,” Trump said at a North Carolina rally on Friday.

The FBI, which has jurisdiction over matters of voter intimidation, declined to comment to The Huffington Post on whether it was looking into the sheriff’s comments.

UPDATE: In a Monday blog post titled, “Dear Media, only liberals can call for a political revolution?”, Clarke doubled down on his rhetoric while accusing “Big Media” of misreading his “pitchforks and torches” comment as a literal incitement to violence.

“First of all if you came here expecting me to walk that statement back or ask for a do-over, you are going to be disappointed. I am not your typical conservative. I stand and fight for what I believe in and I play smash-mouth politics. Big Media is not used to that from many conservatives,” wrote Clarke.

“When I tweeted the above image, I meant it. I wasn’t speaking in code,” continued Clarke. “It’s time to run those corrupt politicians out of Washington DC and back to whatever crevices they crawled from. It’s time to put Mrs. Bill Clinton behind bars, where she belongs. And it’s time that the DOJ learns what the ‘J’ stands for in their name.”

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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