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Banned Fox News Contributor Is Now On Controversial ‘America Supports’ Billboard

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Milwaukee, Wisc. — First ousted from Fox News Channel for his pro-Trump views by the new CEO (whose politically-correct sensibilities are making FNC look more like ABC), now the former sheriff of Milwaukee is once again stirring up controversy, this time for appearing on a billboard.

WISN 12 News in Milwaukee reported that a Washington-based conservative organization called BAMPAC, or Black America’s Political Action Committee, is paying for a billboard that reads, “America Supports Sheriff Clarke.”

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Clarke resigned as Milwaukee County sheriff in 2017 to join a political action committee supporting President Donald Trump. Additionally, Clarke was floated for senior posts in the Trump administration.

He recently joined the advisory board of an organization called We Build the Wall. For years, Sheriff David A. Clarke appeared on Fox News as the token opposition Black Lives Matter, but then was effectively “banned” last year by the network.

The decision forshadowed similar firings, Judge Jeanine Pirro, who merely quipped U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar’s hijab was a visible indicator she followed Shariah — the Islamic religious code so at odds with Western concepts of free speech and respect for women. For that, she lost her time slot and was temporarily unemployed, until an outcry forced the network to rethink.

Former White House official Sebastian Gorka was barred from Fox’s “hard news” programming after being more aggressively pro-Trump.

Clarke was canned after he spoke to Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott in late 2017 about becoming a paid contributor, “no longer wanting to work for free for them while they made money on ratings off of him.”

The sheriff never heard again from Scott or any Fox News producers. “It may have had something to do with the very liberal Rupert Murdoch boy taking over after Roger Ailes and Bill Shine, who was in charge of programming, were let go. Ailes and Bill Shine liked the sheriff,” Clarke’s office wrote in an email.

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Will Josh Hawley be the Next Champion for an America First Foreign Policy?

America First May Have its Next Leader to End Wars Abroad

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Does America First have a new non-interventionist champion?

Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has been viewed by many as one of the figures who could potentially lead a Trumpist movement after Trump, should Joe Biden end up being installed as president on January 2021.

Hawley has made a name for himself as a champion of Middle America and questioning the neoliberal orthodoxy on immigration and trade. Lately, Hawley has made a pivot towards  questioning the interventionist conventional wisdom on foreign policy. 

In early October of this year, the Missouri Senator called for the American government to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. Hawley tweeted, “Almost 20 years now in Afghanistan. Long past time to draw this war to an end.”

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Hawley’s foreign policy has been a work progress over the past two years. During a 2019 speech Hawley gave at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), he questioned the nation-building policy prescriptions of previous administrations, demonstrating some degree of skepticism towards non-stop interventionism abroad on the part of the Senator.

That said, it remains to be seen if Hawley’s legislative record will fully match his rhetoric.

Hawley is a staunch China hawk, who fears the rise of China and is a strong voice against China’s expansionist efforts. Hawley’s track record shows that his foreign policy views are rough around the edges. Daniel Larison of The American Conservative is not as optimistic about Hawley judging by his votes on the Yemeni Civil War. Larison cited several of Hawley’s votes that may be cause for concern:

Sen. Hawley voted against the Senate’s resolution of disapproval that opposed the president’s effort to circumvent Congress with a bogus “emergency” to expedite arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. More important, he voted with the president and most Senate Republicans against the antiwar Yemen resolution that would have cut off all U.S. support to the Saudi coalition.”

Nevertheless, Hawley’s comments on Afghanistan are a good sign that Hawley is catching on to the fact that Americans are tired of foreign wars. Politicians can change their views and behaviors. Hawley is likely recognizing that the America First movement is exhausted by the endless wars and wants candidates and elected officials who offer withdrawal plans. 

After looking at the list of people who have been tapped to join the Biden administration, Hawley tweeted, “What a group of corporatists and war enthusiasts – and #BigTech sellouts.”

Journalist Glenn Greenwald, a fierce interventionist skeptic, maintained cautious optimism about Hawley. In a tweet, he commented, “All kinds of reasons to be skeptical of the authenticity here, but — purely as a matter of rhetoric — just imagine any national Republican speaking this way about a Dem administration even 10 years ago. The framework of politics is radically shifting.”

The jury is still out on Hawley. Regardless of flaws in his voting record, America First advocates should continue to push him and other America First leaning Republicans in the right direction. We should never forget that politicians are still receptive to political pressure and the grassroots holds the keys to political change. 

Young senators like Hawley are the future of American politics and it makes sense for foreign policy restrainers to lobby them and push them in a direction that favors non-interventionism.

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