Sheriff Clarke And Stolen Valor

An Army veteran aired his outrage over Sheriff David Clarke’s “toy uniform” in a burning, righteous rant – and he certainly raises the idea that Clarke may be engaging in stolen valor.

Stolen valor is a term used when someone claims military honors or awards that they did not earn – or even claims service they did not perform.

When not decked out in cowboy regalia, Clarke is often seen wearing a rather impressive-looking uniform, bedecked with ribbons and medals. He looks very official and authoritarian. No one has ever really questioned Clarke about his uniform – or the many objects cluttering it.  But it seems as though we should be questioning it. After all, Clarke never served in the military, and many of his impressive badges and ribbons appear to be, upon examination, little more than bling.

But veteran Charles Clymer noticed. And he took to Twitter to unleash.

1/ Okay, regarding Sheriff David Clarke, can I be petty for a second about something that’s always irritated me? (thread)

— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) May 17, 2017

2/ Look at this fucking guy’s uniform. You see all that shit pinned all over his dress uniform jacket? That’s not supposed to be there.

— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) May 17, 2017

3/ I can’t be the only military veteran who has seen Clarke’s uniform and been like: that’s fucking ridiculous.

— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) May 17, 2017

4/ Let me explain why this is irritating for me. Military (and police) decorations are earned. They take hard work and sacrifice.

— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) May 17, 2017

5/ Colin Powell once described a dress uniform as a solider’s resume. You can tell what they’ve done by their ribbons and badges.

— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) May 17, 2017

6/ Implied here, of course, is that the more shit you have on your uniform, the more impressed civilians will be. It projects authority.

— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) May 17, 2017

7/ If you’ve earned decorations, wear them! But Sheriff David Clarke is trying to pull a fast one on average Americans.

— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) May 17, 2017

8/ I mean look at this fucking shit. It’s literally a sloppy assortment of badge replicas arranged neatly, but it looks imposing.

— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) May 17, 2017

9/ On the left side, you have what appears to be more badge replicas/pins and several ribbons, one of which looks unauthorized

— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) May 17, 2017

10/ And then up top, you have the flag pin arranged on the lapel as though it’s part of the uniform code. Pretty sure it’s not.

— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) May 17, 2017

11/ Y’all, this is something a fucking 10 year-old does. And I know because I was 10 and did this with a pin collection one day. Stupid fun.

— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) May 17, 2017

12/ But a grown-ass adult arranging his uniform in a way with novelty pins to give the appearance of being highly decorated? What the fuck.

— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) May 17, 2017

13/ It’s so cringe-inducing every time I see it because I think of other military folks shaking their damn heads at this Mickey Mouse shit.

— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) May 17, 2017

14/ Anyway, David Clarke is fucking awful, but his toy uniform, especially, sets my teeth on edge. Rant over. /thread

— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) May 17, 2017

Wow. If that’s what Clymer calls being “petty,” we encourage him to keep up with his pettiness. Because it’s spot-on.

Clarke, the highly controversial sheriff from Milwaukee County, recently stated that he would accept a senior position at the Homeland Security Department.

“I’m both honored and humbled to be appointed to this position, working for the Trump administration,” Clarke stated. However, the White House has yet to confirm the potential appointment of Clarke – a man who once claimed that the Black Lives Matter movement was forming an alliance with ISIS in order to destroy America.

He also allowed one of his prisoners to literally die from thirst while locked in a prison cell.

H/T Daily Kos

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