Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke No Longer Being Considered For DHS Position
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 18, 2017,
Jun 18, 2017, 16:40
"He just feels like looking for a role that's a little more aggressive to communicate President Trump's agenda", Craig Peterson, a spokesman for Clarke said.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke will not be joining President Trump's administration.
"Sheriff Clarke told Secretary Kelly he is very appreciative of the tremendous opportunity the secretary was offering, and expressed his support for the secretary and the agency", he added. It's also still not clear if Clarke was even telling the truth when he told a radio host last month that he had been offered the DHS role, as neither the White House nor the agency ever confirmed the job offer, which the sheriff had said was an appointment to the DHS "office of partnership and programs".
Sheriff Clarke, who gained national attention when he spoke at the Republican National Convention last July, is a vocal proponent of gun rights and is a member of the National Rifle Association.
Chris Abele, the Milwaukee County executive, said in a statement at the time, "The appointment of Sheriff Clarke to a position meant to build partnership and engagement is not a decision made by someone interested in partnership or engagement". Clarke's thesis is being reviewed by the school, and Clarke has fired back by calling CNN's Andrew Kaczynski a "2-bit college dropout."
The sheriff has criticized the Black Lives Matter movement, which grew out of protests following a number of police killings of unarmed black men, as "subhuman creeps".
He was a key speaker at the Republican National Convention previous year but runs as a democrat in the Milwaukee County sheriff election.