Controversial Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke announced today that he is accepting an appointment within the Trump administration as an assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security.
Alan Neuhauser of U.S. News and World Report tweeted out this afternoon that Clarke made the announcement on Milwaukee conservative radio. Clarke will lead the Office of Partnership and Programs, according to Neuhauser.
— Alan Neuhauser (@alneuhauser) May 17, 2017
Clarke was an early supporter of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Just this week, Clarke himself sent out a tweet denouncing attacks on the president over his involvement with Russian figures and his firing of former FBI Director James Comey.
The continued attacks on our President is the establishment trying to nullify the will of We the People who elected him to lead this country pic.twitter.com/sJO1Akvn2s
— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) May 17, 2017
Clarke brings with him his own set of concerns and controversies. Four individuals have died in the Milwaukee County jails, of which the sheriff is tasked with managing. The deaths include one incident where a man was withheld water for seven days in solitary confinement. Another death didn’t involve an inmate at all, but rather was an infant who died shortly after her mother, who was jailed, gave birth and received no medical attention.
Clarke also threatened a man who sat on a flight with him last year. When the man asked Clarke if he was the sheriff, the man shook his head in disgust and walked away calmly. Apparently upset with this quiet protest, Clarke sent deputies to interrogate him despite not doing anything wrong. When the man complained to local news media, the sheriff department’s Facebook page shared a post stating, “The sheriff … reserves the reasonable right to pre-empt a possible assault.”
In addition to his incendiary record as sheriff, Clarke has also suggested that protesters exercising their First Amendment rights against police brutality should be classified as terrorists. In a column for Fox News published last year, Clarke called the social movement a “hate group.”
And just in case if you were wondering: yes, Sheriff David Clarke does have a connection to Russia. Clarke took a trip to Moscow that was paid by the National Rifle Association in December of 2015. During the trip he met with the Russian Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister.
Red Square near the Kremlin with a Russian officer. Met earlier with Russian Foreign Minister who spoke on Mid East. pic.twitter.com/ZcDdQB65lb
— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) December 10, 2015
The appointment doesn’t require Senate confirmation. Clarke will be granted the position if Trump does indeed make the appointment official.