Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. declined an offer to serve at the Department of Homeland Security, prompting some critics of the outspoken conservative to wonder if one had ever been made.
His decision was a reversal of his previous acceptance of the offer to serve in the Office of Partnership and Engagement as a liaison to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies.
Washington Post White House reporter and CNN political analyst Abby Phillip submitted proof that the offer was genuine, in the form of a tweeted copy of the letter from DHS.
But her proof raised more questions than they answered — primarily where was her head at when she tweeted the letter.
Here’s Phillip’s tweet — minus the attached letter:
For those wondering if Sheriff Clarke ever actually received a job offer, I’ve obtained a copy of the letter from DHS Human Resources pic.twitter.com/RIcZgDfThb
— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) June 18, 2017
The major problem with the letter is that the reporter neglected to redact Clarke’s home address — a big no-no, especially for law enforcement officers. One wondered if this was an invitation to egg Clarke’s home.
But wait. Is this Clarke’s address?
— ®Jonesing (@RJonesing) June 18, 2017
Wow. Are you really that big of a moron to include his address?
— Scott Atkins (@ScottFantasy) June 19, 2017
Why would you not redact his address?
— Sandy (@RightGlockMom) June 18, 2017
This person begged Phillip to delete her tweet, then retweet it with the address redacted.
Abby, please delete this and if you repost, please redact Sheriff’s mailing address. Very unprofessional of you to endanger him like this.
— Tamara Davis 🍀 (@warriors_mom) June 18, 2017
But so far, it’s still intact. Both the body of the letter and Clarke’s address are difficult to make out, but they’re still there, which prompted out more critics shouting foul.
— Deplorable Mary E (@CarverCallie) June 19, 2017
You are an insufferable nitwit. You’re not a journalist. Partisan hack for the DNC. Embarrassing.
— Mitch Olson (@bizBrandbig) June 18, 2017
A liberal, meanwhile, seemed less impressed with having the sheriff’s address than something else mentioned in the letter.
aside from his address being front and center I am shocked that there is an ethics training within the Trump Administration to be had.
— william. (@willtbh) June 18, 2017
Even having his address, at least one person believed that egging Clarke’s residence would be a horrible idea.
I wouldnt go to his house and I certainly would not recommend you egg his house.
— House King (@AndrewKing06) June 18, 2017
And he’s probably right. Clarke isn’t someone you want to mess with.
Question: Will CNN bring up Phillip’s misstep during her next appearance on the network? Probably not.
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