Outspoken Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said on Wednesday that he has taken a job at the Department of Homeland Security.
Clarke made the surprise announcement during an interview with Milwaukee-based WISN-AM, saying he’ll work in the Office of Partnership and Engagement as a liaison to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies, Fox News reported.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 17, 2017
The new job would come just as an inquest into the dehydration death of an inmate at the Milwaukee County Jail recommended criminal charges against as many as seven jail employees, according to Fox News — disobedient inmates were allegedly deprived of water as punishment and pleas for help were ignored.
Clarke was not among those who could face charges.
“I’m both honored and humbled to be appointed to this position,” Clarke said in the interview.
The host of the radio show, Vicki McKenna, took to social media to share the scoop:
There has been no official confirmation. Homeland Security spokeswoman Jenny Burke told ABC News “such senior positions are announced by the Department when made official by the Secretary. No such announcement with regard to the Office of Public Engagement has been made.”
Huffington Post senior politics editor Sam Stein more or less confirmed as much in a tweet:
WH official notes that Sherif Clarke's position is NOT a presidential appointment. would be a secretarial one
— Sam Stein (@samstein) May 17, 2017
Nonetheless, the very idea of Clarke, an avid Trump supporter who spoke at last year’s Republican National Convention, being at DHS was enough to send haters on the left over the edge.
…while most on the right celebrated the news.
Dehydrate the swamp. https://t.co/39obCmWgXE
— Nicholas Sarwark (@nsarwark) May 17, 2017
— PB Livin’ (@wh0sthatd0g) May 17, 2017
Good news for prisoners in Milwaukee who can now get a glass of water
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) May 17, 2017
@samsteinhp Only good thing about this would be the people of Milwaukee should be able to find a decent human being as a new sheriff.
— Mike Fisher (@FisherM24) May 17, 2017
@samsteinhp My only hope is that they will run out of truly despicable people to name to positions they are uniquely unqualified for.
— Sandra Hall (@BushallSam1) May 17, 2017
And his critics were not above playing the race card against Sheriff Clarke:
— Real Facade (@realfacade1) May 17, 2017
— Stubborn Facts (@TruthCruncher) May 17, 2017
On a more positive note:
— SAKramer???⚾️⛳️? (@skramerbyu_82) May 17, 2017
— brent74 (@brent74) May 17, 2017
— SC Gran (@TammieF70119022) May 17, 2017
— Brad McDermott (@BradMcDermottAK) May 17, 2017
— MAGA (@NYCMAGA) May 17, 2017
The newest member of @realDonaldTrump's A Team:
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) May 18, 2017
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