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DHS declines to confirm Clarke appointment

DHS declines to confirm Clarke appointment

David Clarke, the controversial sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wi., says he has accepted a position at the Department of Homeland Security, Politico reports.

Burke says the department has no such announcement about Clarke.

Clarke's appointment, real or imagined, has drawn criticism.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) tweeted, "Sheriff David Clarke's unconscionable record makes him unfit to serve". "This appointment is a disgrace".

Clarke said Wednesday that he had informed Gov. Scott Walker of his decision to take the federal post and expected to advise Walker on the appointment of a successor to complete his term. He's not a registered Republican, but the sheriff is no fan of Democrats, often blaming them for creating "misery-inducing, divisive, exploitative and racist" urban policies.

"In President Donald Trump, we have chosen a leader", he said in a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference in February.

For years, Clarke has been a favorite of conservative media and campaigned for President Trump during the 2016 election.

Since the inauguration, the sheriff has drawn protests in Milwaukee for taking steps to allow corrections officers to conduct immigration enforcement in his jails.

Clarke told radio station WISN in Milwaukee that he would leave his post as sheriff next month to join the Department of Homeland Security.

Clarke's management of the Milwaukee County Jail has also come into question.

Clarke would be leaving office with several pending lawsuits against him, including one filed by relatives of 38-year-old Terrill Thomas, an inmate who prosecutors say was deprived of water as punishment. The deaths are under investigation. In Clarke's opinion, the protestors exhibited "tribal behavior".

Clarke said he was anxious about the religious freedom of churches and business owners with the marriage decision, even though no church is required to perform a marriage that goes against its doctrine.

He continued, "We have several forces internal and external attacking our rule of law: ISIS, Black Lives Matter, Occupy Wall Street - just the most recent iterations of the elements who brand themselves as unique but seek the same revolutionary aim: take down the West, the philosophy of equality before the law, and replace it with their authority, their rules, their hate".

"The actions were the manifestation of a population with no hope, no stake in the American dream that could provide advancement and goal and pride of self". He ran unsuccessfully for Milwaukee mayor in 2004.

He is up for re-election in 2018. Some have wished Clarke well, while others have been critical of the decision.

In another he's seen standing up to notoriously biased Don Lemon to the point that Lemon tells his crew to cut the feed and go to commercial.