Sheriff David Clarke Announces That He Is Joining Trump's DHS
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has announced that he will be taking a job at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Clarke made the announcement on 1130 WISN Radio, telling host Vicki McKenna that his official title will be as assistant secretary, where he will be working in the Office of Partnership and Engagement and collaborating with state and local governments on how Homeland Security can better aid law enforcement.
The sheriff told McKenna that local law enforcement "feel like they're being ignored," so Clarke will be tasked with ensuring that they're heard.
Clarke said he was "honored and humbled" to be selected for the position.
His new job will not require him to be confirmed by the Senate.
However, DHS has yet to confirm the Clarke hiring:
Clarke first rose to prominence in 2013, when he ran an ad calling on Milwaukee residents to arm themselves in case they were the target of a crime.
"You have a duty to protect yourself and your family," Clarke said.
Clarke then found himself to be the target of ads from gun-grabbing Michael Bloomberg during his re-election campaign, which Clarke won, proceeding to become a favorite of National Rifle Association and a frequent Fox News guest, as his blunt law-and-order rhetoric resonated with various members on the Right.
The sheriff – a registered Democrat – has been an ardent supporter and defender of President Donald Trump, so perhaps Trump is rewarding Clarke's loyalty to him with this job.
Critics of Clarke point to his absence from Milwaukee as a sign of him being more concerned with speaking out on the national stage then focusing on crime on his county, a criticism that he thought was "insulting."
"Maybe they think a black guy can't do more than one thing at a time," Clarke told the UK Guardian. "It's insulting."
There have also been four deaths in Clarke's jails, most notably one involving someone who was mentally ill dying from dehydration after officers shut off his water after he flooded his cell. Another death involved a pregnant woman giving birth in her cell and the baby proceeding to die as the officer failed to notice what was happening.
It's also worth noting that Clarke was part of an NRA delegation that met with the deputy of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin in 2015.
However, these concerns were apparently not enough to deter Trump from handing Clarke a position at the Department of Homeland Security.