Sheriff David Clarke Rescinds Homeland Security Job: Media

President Trump and Clarke reportedly met in Wisconsin on Tuesday and discussed other roles in which Clarke could help advance Trump’s agenda.


(Reuters) — Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, an African American who became a staunch critic of the Black Lives Matter movement and a supporter of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, has withdrawn his acceptance for a job as assistant secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, newspapers reported on Saturday.

Clarke notified Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly on Friday of his decision, Craig Peterson, an adviser to Clarke, said in a statement, according to the Washington Post and other newspapers.

“Sheriff Clarke is 100 percent committed to the success of President Trump and believes his skills could be better utilized to promote the president’s agenda in a more aggressive role,” the newspapers quoted Peterson as saying.

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Sheriff David Clarke made the announcement on a radio show, but DHS said that “no such announcement” has been made yet.

Neither the agency nor Clarke’s office immediately responded to requests for comment.

Clarke’s decision comes a month after he told radio station WISN in Milwaukee that he would leave his post as sheriff in June to join the Department of Homeland Security.

At the time, a spokeswoman for the agency said no announcement on Clarke had been made.

President Trump and Clarke met in Wisconsin on Tuesday and discussed other roles in which Clarke could help advance Trump’s agenda, the Washington Post reported, citing Peterson.

The Department of Homeland Security — created after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and the Pentagon — includes agencies that handle customs, border protection and immigration, the Coast Guard, the Transportation Security Administration and the Secret Service.

Clarke has come under fire for comments he has made about BLM, which grew out of protests over a number of police killings of unarmed Black men in various parts of the United States.

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Clarke has labeled members of the movement “subhuman creeps” and called for its eradication.

Clarke spoke in support of Trump at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last July.

Critics have faulted Clarke for his management of a Milwaukee County jail where a mentally ill man died in 2016 of dehydration. An inquest jury recommended that seven employees of the jail be criminally charged.

Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris of California called Clarke’s appointment “a disgrace.”

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  • Michael J. "Orange Mike" Lowrey

    Familiar as I am with Clarke’s long history of lying, blustering and media manipulation, I am wondering whether this was ever an actual thing which was going to take place. Quite possibly this was just a scheme of Clarke’s, with or without the cooperation of Trump and his keepers, to boost Clarke’s profile without running the risk of putting him in office and demonstrating in the harsh glare of the national media spotlight how ignorant and incompetent this posturing buffoon actually is.

    • Charity Dell

      You know that The Part-Time Resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue does not
      remain “100% committed” to Sheriff Clarke. Wearing White Cowboy Hats does
      not revoke the RACE CARD you have been assigned by birth. Sheriff Clarke
      has little in common with Frosty the Pharoah and the Ice-box Cabinet. They
      will do nothing for him, and maybe Old Clarkesy figured that out. Better to
      stay home in the Cozy Little Pond of Milwaukee Racism, than leap out
      into that Crocodile-and-Snake-Infested Swamp down in Washington, DC.
      Those Retrograde Reptiles will chew up anything that invades their territory,
      even if the “invader” attended Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.

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