From Independent Record:
In a barn flagged with mock segments of a “border wall” spray-painted with terms like “DRUGS,” “ISIS,” “DACA,” “JOBS” and “HOMBRES,” the Yellowstone County Republicans held their annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner with top-billed guest David A. Clarke, the controversial former sheriff of Milwaukee County.
More than 650 people attended the sold-out event, which also featured U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte and the four GOP candidates in the U.S. Senate primary. Those men are vying to run against U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, a Democrat whose name was also up on one of the border walls, crossed out.
The tagline of the fundraising event was “Have a Ball, Build a Wall,” which attendees briefly chanted early in the evening.
Clarke is a firebrand who served as sheriff from 2002-2014. He is known for his controversial views on race, the Black Lives Matter movement and Planned Parenthood, among other topics.
On Friday night he told the crowd they needed to get angry in advance of the 2018 elections.
“We have to regain our sense of urgency about what we’re up against. We have to become angry about the thought of losing this unique opportunity to make America great again,” he said.
Clarke rallied the attendees, encouraging them to go out and get people to vote to work to defeat what he called “the deep state,” including the FBI.
“The deep state is real, the deep state is alive and it is still doing what it can to thwart President Donald Trump from his vision, which is to make America great again.”
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