You know how it is. You’re a loveable children’s character (or the sheriff of a major metropolitan city, in which you grew up) and you’re invited to speak some place and you don’t bother to check the group out and the next thing you know, you’re performing in front of neo-Nazis, or in Hall’s case, the Council of Conservative Citizens. Really, it could happen to anyone.
Hall says he didn’t know anything about the group’s views and figured it was one of many local organizations that request him as a guest speaker to hear about the immigration enforcement program.
“To be honest, I had no idea,” Hall said. “The person doing the scheduling for me had no reason to believe that this was such a group. I regret that we didn’t know. I surely don’t want that reputation.”
Lest we forget, this is the man under whose watch a pregnant woman was shackled during her delivery. The thing is 287(g) program was most in the news last year for was his department’s shackling of a birthing woman. Who did he think would want him to come speak to them after that?
Not the good guys, Sheriff Hall. Not the good guys.
On a side note, I can actually understand how this would happen. The Council of Conservative Citizens doesn’t have a name that screams “we hate race mixing.” But once he got there, how did he not know?