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Sheriff David Clarke, Who Can't Even Keep People Alive in One Jail, Joining Trump’s Department of Homeland Security

What do you get when four people die in your jail? A job in the Trump administration.

ClarkeMOLLY RILEY/UPI/NewscomMilwaukee Sheriff David Clarke—an avowed enemy of the Black Lives Matter movement, the "fake news" media, and basic civil rights for jail inmates—will be joining the Trump administration as an assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security.

While that's no doubt good news for the citizens of Milwaukee—where Clarke stands accused of allowing an inmate to die of thirst after being denied water for 7 days—it's a worrisome development for the country. Clarke, a Trump surrogate who campaigned fiercely for the president, opposes criminal justice reform efforts supported by libertarian-leaning Republican congressmen like Sen. Rand Paul, and is generally a civil libertarian's worst nightmare.

"Reform flies in the face of getting tough on crime," Clarke said at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2016.

Consider Clarke's recent tweets, in which he: criticizes the Obama administration for encouraging cops to be more careful about the use of force; claims that Trump's recently difficulties represent "the establishment" trying to "nullify the will of We the People"; promises that Trump will "beat back the swamp people" who are mounting an "all out assault"; retweets someone calling The Washington Post a "serious threat and Enemy of America"; and applauds Attorney General Jeff Sessions for instructing prosecutors to apply mandatory minimum sentencing.

Simply put, Clarke is a crazy person who really doesn't care very much about civil liberties, or perhaps, actively despises them. And he's joining the Department of Homeland Security.

Updated at 5:30 p.m.: Homeland Security denies that the hiring of Clarke has been made official, though The Washington Free Beacon has obtained audio footage of Clarke announcing it.

Photo Credit: MOLLY RILEY/UPI/Newscom

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  • Citizen X - #6||

    "Reform flies in the face of getting tough on crime," Clarke said at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2016.

    Well, yeah.

  • Aloysious||

    beat back the swamp people

    ...are we in another war?

  • Citizen X - #6||

    promises that Trump will "beat back the swamp people"

    And here i thought the Trumpeters were afear'd of the desert people.

  • Hugh Akston||

    They fear people from all non-American biomes.

  • Agammamon||

    I think he just doesn't like alligator hunters.

  • colorblindkid||

    Is this a useless job where he doesn't have actual power? That'd be nice.

  • Citizen X - #6||

    And he's joining the Department of Homeland Security.

    ...where he will work closely with our own late, semi-lamented ESP enthusiast, John.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Simply put, Clarke is a crazy person who really doesn't care very much about civil liberties, or perhaps, actively despises them. And he's joining the Department of Homeland Security.

    It's sad to see this once-great department that was created with such bipartisanship being filled with bad actors.

  • tlapp||

    It was a never great department that should have never been created. Bush caved to democrats who wanted a new department to prove they were getting tough on terrorism. Just more redundancy of the FBI and CIA functions.

  • Leo Kovalensky||

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    "Christ, what an asshole" is not sufficient.

  • Aloysious||

    Sheriff Milwaukee Co. MA Security Studies NPS. NRA Member. CPAC Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award. NYPD/NYC Police Benevolent Asso. Person of the Year

    not. sure. if. serious.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Two things matter to Trump when making appointments:

    1) Red meat for his opioid-addicted base
    2) Loyalty to Trump

    Good ideas, sound judgement, and basic competence are not even on the list.

  • NOMAGA||

    Trump needs loyalists. That has to be his primary concern with everything going on right now.

  • Scarecrow Repair & Chippering||

    Self-cancelling. Because loyalists defer thinking to preserve blind loyalty, they are more likely to (a) make bone-headed mistakes, and (b) fall apart when the loyalty stretches truth and reality too far.

  • ||

    a civil libertarian's worst nightmare.

    As opposed to the economic libertarians who love to pay to have people killed slowly by dehydration. Morgues and funeral parlors charge by the pound you know, so whether he's being interred or cremated, free desiccation makes the whole process cheaper and easier.

  • hpearce||

    While I have no question Clarke is not a libertarians, this article seems extreme to me with quotes simply taken out of context .

    It's fine for libertarians to criticize and critique people, but being a zealot about it is not atractive

  • SIV||

    Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke—an avowed enemy of the Black Lives Matter movement, the "fake news" media, and basic civil rights for jail inmates

    The sheriff is batting .666 !

  • Locris||

    Huffington Post. Excellent source.

  • Ron||

    and exactly what was Clark's role in the death of that person in jail?

    I think Soave has CDS

  • dchang0||

    So much for Reason living up to its name.
    Is every online news media site going to turn into clickbait headline hell?

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