The Frederick News-Post's front page for Tuesday, Nov. 5, reports on widely broadcast comments made by Sheriff Chuck Jenkins on a recent controversy in neighboring Montgomery County.
The Montgomery County police department had been given a model of the “thin blue flag” — a representation of the American flag that has a blue stripe replacing one of the standard red ones. This is meant to honor law enforcement officers, but the image has been adopted by white supremacist groups. As a result of this troubling association, Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich said that the flag would not be displayed publicly at the police department. Jenkins appeared on a segment of the "Fox & Friends" television show on Nov. 4. He criticized Elrich’s decision, but went far beyond this one incident, to attack Elrich’s patriotism and commitment to America.
In turn, let’s consider how the sheriff himself is abusing his position.
As a county employee, Sheriff Jenkins should not be criticizing a public official in a different jurisdiction, especially on national television. It’s no business of his what happens in Montgomery County.
Sheriff Jenkins may disagree with Elrich on this one action, but it’s the worst kind of demagoguery and McCarthyism to condemn him as unpatriotic and anti-American.
Finally, if Sheriff Jenkins doesn’t like public officials taking controversial positions, why is he making inflammatory comments on a national propaganda show?