Sheriff David Clarke has chosen to rescind his acceptance of a homeland security position.
The infamous Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr. has withdrawn his name from consideration for an assistant secretary position at the Department of Homeland Security, an adviser close to Sheriff Clarke stated on Saturday.
Craig Peterson, an adviser close to Clarke stated, “Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. formally notified Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly that he had rescinded his acceptance of the agency’s offer to join DHS as an assistant secretary. 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."
Many closest to the administration believed Clarke was expected to start in a role at DHS at the end of June. However, according to one person in the Administration who is familiar with the situation, his appointment had been subject to significant delays that contributed to his withdrawal.
Sheriff Clarke, a vocal supporter of Trump during the 2016 campaign, has been a figurehead at many rallies and a television personality that has garnished great respect.
Sheriff Clarke has a longstanding history of serving with honor in law enforcement. In 2002, Clarke was appointed sheriff by Governor Scott McCallum and later elected that same year to his first four-year term.
He was re-elected in November 2006, 2010, and 2014, in an easy landslide majority and is currently serving his fourth full term.
Although registered and elected as a Democrat in a heavily Democratic county, many of Clarke's political views align with those of conservative Republicans. Clarke frequently appears as a guest on Fox News and was a speaker at the 2016 Republican National Convention.
In May 2017, Clarke said in a radio interview that he would take the post of Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Partnership and Engagement in the Trump administration. The White House declined to comment, and the Department of Homeland Security stated that no appointment had been officially made. The position does not require Senate confirmation.
Sheriff Clarke has been a proponent of Gun Rights as well as vocal opposition to Black Lives Matter and the uncanny terror that such groups strike in America. He's suggested that Black people need to own their actions and find a solution versus blaming the past for current misdeeds.