The moment that a fair number of our Trump-supporting conservative readers have been waiting for has finally arrived, as The Associated Press just reported that Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke will be joining the administration of President Donald Trump in the very near future.
Sheriff Clarke, who ran for office as a Democrat, has been embraced by a large portion of the conservative movement over the years due to his stark opposition to former President Barack Obama, his harsh critiques of the race-baiting, anti-cop Black Lives Matter movement, and his staunch support of the Second Amendment.
The Washington Free Beacon reported that Clarke announced that he would be serving in the Trump administration as an assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security, specifically to work in the Office of Partnership and Engagement as a sort of liaison between DHS and state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies.
The announcement came during an interview on Wisconsin’s WISN-AM with talk radio host Vicki McKenna, part of which can be heard here:
“I’m both honored and humbled to be a appointed to this position by (DHS Sec. John Kelly), working for the Trump administration in this position,” Clarke said.
Clarke was a vocal supporter of Trump’s candidacy throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, and his brash, no-nonsense style, opposition to coddling radical Islam, support for a crackdown on illegal immigration and utter devotion to law and order and justice make him a perfect fit for the Trump administration.
However, Clarke doesn’t come without a bit a baggage, as was pointed out in a highly critical piece in libertarian media outlet Reason, which noted that the sheriff has faced controversy at home for the deaths of a few inmates in the county jail he oversees, not to mention concerns from civil libertarians regarding his opposition to criminal justice reform efforts and advocacy for mandatory minimum sentences in most drug cases.
It should also be noted that Clarke is veritably despised by the left for his aforementioned opposition to Obama and the BLM movement, as well as his open support of gun rights, not to mention his preference for wearing cowboy hats, which for some reason seems to drive his haters absolutely mad.
Luckily for Clarke, his position at DHS doesn’t require Senate confirmation, so leftists can wail and moan as much as they’d like to little actual effect — not much different from how leftists have reacted to pretty much everything else the Trump administration has done, to be sure.
Clarke was expected to begin working in his new role at some point in June, though an official date has not yet been announced.
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