Twitter flips out when Sheriff Clarke announces new position in Dept. of Homeland Security

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.

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:

https://twitter.com/VickiMcKenna/status/864922915409727488

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:

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.

https://twitter.com/sunnyright/status/864927162113155072

And his critics were not above playing the race card against Sheriff Clarke:

On a more positive note:

Tom Tillison

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