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5 months ago

Trump surrogate David Clarke: Woodfin’s ‘welcoming city’ policy is a ‘violation of the United States Constitution’

Trump surrogate and former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke called in to Yellowhammer Radio’s The Ford Faction on Tuesday, telling host Ford Brown that Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin’s “welcoming city” policy is a “violation of the United States Constitution” and even suggesting the Alabama mayor should be criminally prosecuted and removed from office.

In an interview with NPR in August, Woodfin said that becoming a sanctuary city would not be going far enough and instead declared Birmingham a “welcoming city.” He confirmed the Magic City will not cooperate with ICE, adding “but making sure we do things beyond ICE is important.”

Clarke tore into the liberal Democrat for his “flaunting of the law.”

“Look, this is a violation of U.S. sovereignty, so therefore, it’s a violation of the United States Constitution of which I’m sure mayors take an oath,” Clarke said, after remarking that he was in “disbelief” at Woodfin’s actions.

Clarke added, “It’s not just a violation of U.S. sovereignty, but the Supremacy Clause that says the federal law, the Constitution, supersedes all [state] laws and nobody can nullify it.”

The career law enforcement officer said he has studied this issue nationally to see what can be done about municipal and state officials that ignore federal law.

“There are federal statutes, I’ve looked into this extensively, and one of them is 8 U.S.C. § 1324,” Clarke outlined. “This provides for criminal penalties for anybody to knowingly harbor people in this country illegally, and it’s spelled out in that [statute].”

It is Clarke’s background in law enforcement, specifically in a staunchly Democratic area, that informs his worldview.

“The law has to be upheld. I’m a rule of law guy,” Clarke emphasized. “The laws apply to everybody.”

“For someone to come out and just blatantly, publicly say ‘I’m going to violate the law’ and have nothing happen is very disheartening to those of us who go through our daily lives and do what we’re supposed to do – we obey the law because it’s the right thing to do. But to see these individuals flaunt the law like that and have nothing happen … this has got to stop,” Clarke said.

Clarke wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who he respects and called a “friend,” to have the Justice Department take aggressive action because going through the court system is taking too long due to all of the levels of appeals and obstruction involved.

“I believe that the attorney general and the Department of Justice is going to have to convene a grand jury and try and indict one of these sanctuary mayors … get an indictment and I’ll tell you right now – that’ll send a different message,” Clarke advised.

He explained, “These guys that are out there dancing on the law like this, they didn’t get into this to go to federal prison. By the way, that [statute], upon conviction you can serve up to ten years in federal prison. None of these guys got into this for that and when they see that that actually, that law has some teeth in it, that the Justice Department is going to uphold the law, I’ll tell you – they’ll stop that behavior tomorrow.”

Clarke also called on the citizens of Birmingham to use the legal avenues available to them in response to Woodfin’s actions.

“I don’t know what the recall laws are in the state of Alabama, but maybe somebody down there should start taking a look at it,” Clarke said. “This guy violated his oath, he’s eligible to be recalled.”

To be clear, Alabama law does allow for recalls on the municipal level but only for cities that use a commission form of government, which Birmingham does not. The legal remedy to remove Woodfin from office would instead be impeachment.

State law lists “willful neglect of duty; corruption in office; incompetency; intemperance in the use of intoxicating liquors or narcotics to such an extent in view of the dignity of the office and importance of its duties as unfits the officer for the discharge of such duties; or any offense involving moral turpitude while in office or committed under color thereof or connected therewith” as acceptable causes for impeachment.

Clarke later reiterated that “the rule of law must prevail” and added that Woodfin’s stance “relegates every citizen of Alabama as a second-class citizen.”

“The first time an official is charged, it’ll get everybody’s attention nationwide. And all these people who think this is cute … then they’ll change their behavior,” Clarke opined.


You can listen to the Ford Faction on Yellowhammer Radio every day from noon to 3:00 p.m. on WYDE 101.1 FM.

Sean Ross is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn

15 mins ago

Alabama prep star Maori Davenport drops suit against AHSAA

An Alabama high school basketball star who had been ruled ineligible dropped a lawsuit against the Alabama High School Athletic Association shortly after her senior season ended.

Pike County Circuit Judge Sonny Reagan dismissed the suit Wednesday at the request of Maori Davenport’s mother, Tara.


The Charles Henderson star had sued the AHSAA and director Steve Savarese after she was ruled ineligible for accepting a payment from USA Basketball.

She played for Team USA last summer and received an $857.20 stipend, which was repaid.

The judge ordered Davenport’s temporary reinstatement and the case was twice delayed, meaning the Rutgers signee was able to play the season’s final five weeks.

Charles Henderson was eliminated Wednesday at the Class 5A state regional.

Jim Williams, an attorney representing the AHSAA, says his side did not have a chance to file an objection and “we did not consent to the dismissal.”
(Associated Press, copyright 2018)


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1 hour ago

7 Things: Mueller probe could be over, Byrne officially the first Republican in 2020 U.S. Senate race, Alabama law forces government to give newspapers money and more …

7. Hate crime hoaxer has been arrested and charged with “filing a false police report

— Reports out of Chicago don’t look good for “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett as a grand jury has returned a felony indictment for what the Cook County district attorney believes was a fabricated hate crime to garner publicity. This is not the first time Smollett lied to the police. He pleaded no contest to providing false information to law enforcement after giving police a fake name in a 2017 DUI arrest.

6. Obama era regulations close a power plant; Alabama Power says employees will get new jobs


— Alabama Power Company announced the Gorgas Steam Plant in Walker County will shut down, because of mandates put in place by President Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), on April 15. Alabama Power has said all Plant Gorgas employees will keep their jobs and be transferred to other facilities. Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-4) called this an obvious outcome of the “War on Coal.” He stated, “This is just another example of the ‘War on Coal’ that was prevalent during the Obama Administration and how it deeply impacts rural communities with little concern for those who are hurt.”

5. The State Department says ISIS bride can’t come home to Alabama

— A former Hoover resident and thrice married ISIS bride has been informed that the United States would not welcome her back to the United States. President Donald Trump pushed for that decision and tweeted, “I have instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and he fully agrees, not to allow Hoda Muthana back into the Country!” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made it clear she won’t be welcomed. “Ms. [Muthana] is not a U.S. citizen and will not be admitted into the U.S. She does not have any legal basis, no valid passport, no right to a passport, nor any visa to travel to the U.S.,” Pompeo said.

4. White nationalist arrested with an arsenal and a hit list of Democrat politicians and journalists

— Christopher Paul Hasson, a U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant, called for “focused violence” and was planning a mass terrorist attack to kill “almost every last person on earth” and “establish a white homeland.” His targets included MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, Sen. Dick Blumenthal (D-CT) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). He also had 15 firearms and 1,000 rounds of ammunition. In court filings, the government said bluntly, “The defendant is a domestic terrorist.”

3. Alabama state law requires advertising in the local newspaper for various state and local entities, this means revenue for papers like the Democrat-Reporter

— A local newspaper embroiled in a racism controversy has benefitted for years from an Alabama law that predates the Internet and guarantees revenue for local newspapers. The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) alone spent over $4,000 last year alone. This is only one agency of the state government and one small-town newspaper. It doesn’t factor in other government entities in the area that are required to do business with the newspaper. These laws represent millions of dollars for newspapers guaranteed by archaic state law.

2. It’s official: Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-Mobile) is running for United State Senate

— Byrne announced his run at a Wintzell’s seafood restaurant in Mobile. Byrne referred to his potential future opponent U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) by criticizing his “radical policies.” Byrne also laid out the fight ahead, saying, “The fight for America’s future is too important to sit on the sidelines. I am running for the United States Senate to defend the values important to Alabama.” Jones responded to the news by hammering Byrne. “Given the results of his losing bid for Governor in 2010, in which he did not even win the Republican nomination, it’s hard to see why they would nominate a career politician like Bradley Byrne now,” Jones stated.

1. After almost two years, the Robert Mueller probe is coming to an end

— Attorney General Bill Barr could be ready to announce the end of FBI special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and could submit a final report to Congress soon as well. These are the most obvious indications that the investigation is almost over. While it is unclear how much of the report will be made public, Barr has made it clear he plans to be “transparent” with Congress and the American people.

15 hours ago

Byrne first to officially declare run vs. Doug Jones – ‘Future is too important to sit on the sidelines’

Just down the street from where he grew up, Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) announced Wednesday evening his candidacy for the United States Senate while surrounded by family, friends and supporters gathered at Wintzell’s Oyster House in beautiful downtown Mobile.

Byrne became the first candidate to officially announce a run against the incumbent from Mountain Brook, Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL). In doing so, Byrne made clear his campaign will focus on his record as a fighter for Alabama’s values, drawing a clear and direct contrast between his traditional Yellowhammer State roots and the “radical policies” being pushed by Jones’ Democratic Party.

In his announcement speech, Byrne emphasized, “The fight for America’s future is too important to sit on the sidelines. I am running for the United States Senate to defend the values important to Alabama.”


The congressman spoke about the “disconnect” between hardworking, everyday Alabamians and people stuck in the bubble of Washington, D.C.

Byrne urged attendees, “Look in Washington and tell me you don’t see people that have a vision that’s fundamentally at odds with what America is.”

“We need a Senator who will fight with President Trump to defend the Constitution, build the wall, stand up for the unborn, push for lower taxes, make health care more affordable and protect the Second Amendment,” he outlined. “I will fight every day to bring Alabama’s conservative values to Washington.”

Answering questions from reporters following the announcement, Byrne decried the Democratic Party’s embrace of socialism and “[killing] babies as they’re delivered.”

He also warned voters that Democrats should be expected to try and interfere in the Republican primary through “fake news” and  manipulative social media efforts. This comes in the wake of revelations that “Project Birmingham” was orchestrated to aid Jones’ general election candidacy in 2017.

Byrne, a labor-employment attorney by trade, is the former chancellor of the state’s community college system and one-term member of the state senate. He has served southwest Alabama in Congress since January 2014.

The Republican primary for the U.S. Senate in Alabama will be held March 3, 2020, with the general election to follow in November.

You can watch Byrne’s announcement speech and hear him answer questions from reporters afterwards here.

Sean Ross is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn

16 hours ago

Watch live: Bradley Byrne announces U.S. Senate run against Doug Jones

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) is set to announce his candidacy for the United States Senate seat held by Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) live at the Wintzell’s Oyster House in downtown Mobile.

Watch live below:

Sean Ross is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn

17 hours ago

Heavy rains swamping Deep South

Heavy rains are causing problems in parts of the Deep South.

Police in Huntsville, Alabama, say a half-dozen roads are blocked by downed trees or utility poles plus water from flash floods.


Flood watches and warnings cover the northern parts of Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia and nearly all of Tennessee is at risk for floods.

Several school systems are delaying classes or closing.

The weather service is predicting as much as eight inches of rain in spots through Saturday, and freezing rain and sleet are possible in western South Carolina.

Forecasters say moisture from the Gulf is mixing with weather systems moving eastward in the Mississippi and Ohio valleys.

As much as one inch of rain an hour is possible, and the weather service says some areas could get more.
(Associated Press, copyright 2018)

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