America’s Toughest Sheriff Headed for Bigger and Better…But Where?

David Clarke, the Milwaukee County sheriff and frequent Fox News guest, announced his surprise resignation on Thursday, a move that has his fans wondering what he will do next.

“After almost 40 years serving the great people of Milwaukee County, I have chosen to retire to pursue other opportunities,” Clarke said in a statement. “I will have news about my next steps in the very near future.”

Clarke, who has made a national reputation for himself as one of the toughest lawmen in the country, did not immediately say why he was leaving the job so abruptly, though spokespeople say he is resigning to take a non-governmental position. Clarke was in the middle of his fourth term as sheriff when he turned in his resignation. He has served as Milwaukee County’s sheriff since 2002.

Despite what those around Clarke have said about that “nongovernmental position,” there have been reports that the sheriff could have an eye on a spot in the Trump administration. Clarke is an unapologetic supporter of the 45th president, and the feeling is mutual. Just this week, Trump actually gave Clarke a valuable endorsement on his new book with a shoutout on Twitter. Some are speculating that Clarke could take over for John Kelly as head of the Department of Homeland Security.

Clarke is officially a Democrat, but he’s endeared himself to conservatives with his hardline stance on gun rights, his honesty about the dangers of Black Lives Matter activism, and his uncompromising position on the evils of radical Islam. It appeared that he was set to take a job with Homeland Security in June before a plagiarism scandal derailed the move.

“Sheriff Clarke is 100 percent committed to the success of President Trump, and believes his skills could be better utilized to promote the president’s agenda in a more aggressive role,” said one of Clarke’s advisers in a statement turning down the job offer.

Alas, things can change quickly, especially when it comes to this administration, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see Clarke take a position in the federal government – even if it is in an advisory capacity.


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  1. What ever Clarke decides to do you can bet Trump will have a hand in that decision.

    • This guy does not belong in any position that requires competence-

      • Stop starring into “YOUR” mirror!

      • Rich ..The Loon..Girod..Go to your safe place and increase you anti psychotic meds. The grownups are in charge now.

        • That’s what the neocons said when W was prez-“…the grown ups are in charge now “…look what happened…endless war ..thank you

        • Well said!

        • Speaking of psychosis….Read what this conservative writer says about Lyin’ Donnie Of Orange-
          Something is seriously off about this president
          By Jennifer Rubin September 4
          Play Video 2:55
          President Trump has made more than 1,000 false or misleading statements
          In early August, the president crossed a new benchmark — over 1,000 false or misleading claims. According to The Fact Checker’s calculation, he now averages 4.9 claims per day. (Meg Kelly/The Washington Post)
          President Trump in three very different settings over the past few days reminded us how unsuited he is for the job. Increasingly, his presidency is defined by blatant lies, an empathy deficit and a frightful lack of ability to navigate through dire international crises. Each has been on display.

          In the lies department, none quite measured up to his accusation that former President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. All but cloddish sycophants like Sean Hannity knew this was preposterous. On Friday evening (when else?) the Justice Department acknowledged in a court filing that there are no records “related to wiretaps as described by the March 4, 2017 tweets.” Presumably, some taxpayer money and government personnel were diverted to track this down, which in and of itself is reprehensible.

          In this case, Trump’s actions are unforgivable. Trump’s crude effort to throw the country and investigators off the trail in the Russia scandal (like his lie about tapes of conversations with James B. Comey) is indicative of a man for whom facts are fungible and no lie is too ridiculous to deploy to protect himself. He’s bluffed and blustered his way through decades of real-estate dealings where he was virtually never held to account. Now, lies upon lies (more than 1,000 in seven months) have piled up, rendering his utterances automatically suspect, at least for the more than 60 percent of voters who keep telling pollsters he is not honest. His lies now entail adverse political consequences and legal peril, both of which increase by the day.


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          Then we are reminded that Trump does not think and act like normal humans. He grins and mugs his way through a do-over visit to Texas to visit victims of Harvey. Soon things take a bizarre self-congratulatory tone. “It’s been very nice. It’s been a wonderful thing. As tough as this was, it’s been a wonderful thing,” Trump said. “I think even for the country to watch and for the world to watch. It’s been beautiful.” The word he was looking for, perhaps, is “heart-breaking.”

          Play Video 2:13
          How Trump’s Harvey response kept the focus on him
          President Trump has broadcast his involvement in the government response to Hurricane Harvey loud and clear, and been accused of keeping the focus on him as Texans respond to the record storm. (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post)
          In the midst of a tragedy — in which the media behaved in exemplary fashion — he finds it necessary to denigrate reporters. (“Think of it, almost 11,000 people by going into winds that the media would not go into,” Trump said. “They will not go into those winds, unless it’s a really good story.”) The language of empathy is foreign to him. His unhinged narcissism deprives him of the ability to convey warmth or genuine emotion. (He is either furious or gleeful, the former when he feels victimized and the latter when he feels vindicated.) He remains the most tone-deaf modern president.

          And most worrisome, we see in his reaction to North Korea’s possible hydrogen bomb test his inability to maintain for more than one scripted remark a serious, sober tone that inspires confidence among our allies. The Post reports:

          In a pair of tweets issued Sunday morning, Trump wrote: “North Korea has conducted a major Nuclear Test. … North Korea is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but with little success.”

          Trump also delivered an admonishment of sorts to South Korea, saying that “appeasement with North Korea will not work” and suggesting that more severe steps must be taken to influence Kim’s regime.

          In addition to threatening to pull out of a trade deal with South Korea (now of all times?), Trump seems unable to show solidarity with friends or avoid feeding the cycle of warnings and threats. His over-the-top public rhetoric does not intimidate Kim Jong Un; it appears to provoke him. Making empty, vague threats only diminishes America’s credibility and leads our allies to fret as to whether he’s so unstable and undisciplined that it will lead to a confrontation that does not stop with angry words.

          One is left, still, agog at Trump’s dishonesty, narcissism and inability to project the calmness and discipline we expect from a president. Those who thought he’d grow in office or who perpetually think he’s “pivoting” or “becoming presidential” have engaged in dangerous delusion. One wonders how long we can muddle on with a president this unsuitable without provoking a constitutional or international calamity.

      • You know something the rest of the world doesn’t???

      • And just how in hell would you know?? Are you a law enforcement officer or have you ever been one?? He was re-elected for a fourth term so that has to say a lot about how the voters feel about him.

      • Fuck off stupid lib.

      • You’re an idiot!!

      • give me your version of competence so I can see if it fitsanything American

      • And yet your incompetent a**hole buddy played golf for 8 years while impersonating potus.

        • Before critiquing presidential golf, you need to check out the golfing frequency of the Tweetin’ Cretin now contaminating the Oval Office.

          • curmudgeon VN Veteran

            Wow, you sure have a very rare form of stupid.

          • Insulting without putting anything substantive in your reply proves that you have been whipped like a borrowed mule and have no defense for your vapidity..

          • Headonstraight- You’re exactly right. Wasn’t it Dump who stated that once he became POTUS, He would have no time to play golf because he would have so much work to do in The White House ? Trump has played more golf in the last 7 months that Obama played in his entire 8 years in office. What a hypocrite & a fat & lazy one at that.

    • Irvan: From your lips to God’s ears.

    • I do not know much about David Clarke; but whatever he did must have been in the interest of his county. Clarke and many people who have held positions as bosses usually find hard to be supervised. Therefore if Clarke takes a position in Trump administration; he will have hard time because he has to live with policies and other norms dictated by Trump or Ivanka. I have seen quite a few people who held positions as bosses; but failed because it’s hard to adjust from a being a boss to sub-boss. Former Wisconsin Governor Thompson whined he had hard time adjusting to obeying orders from Bush. That is why Trump has terrible time managing former CEOs he appointed. Sessions betrayed Trump; Dr. Carson is now promoting his book-a practice prohibited in government; Priebus, Bennon, Scaramucci and others had trouble obeying Ivanka Trump. They used to give commands before joining Trump administration. In fact Kelly will soon quit the job. We are hearing he is whining Trump relatives are overpowering. So Clarke will not be happy if he joins Trump administration. If he is a lawyer, it is better establishing his own firm..

  2. I like Clarke and what ever he does he will do great

  3. Any leadership position would be nice. Head of the FBI, Homeland Security or how about replacing the Muslim aiding and abetting McMasters.

  4. It reminds me of the old line. “Clarke will be like ‘Motorman’s Glove’… Strong, powerful, and will always have a hand in it”!

  5. Clarke is a good man, a true patriot, and a man of principle. He will do good things for our country and create a legacy that will be studied in the future for what is right and good.

  6. The public costs to protecting this vile and hateful person from those he abused in his official capacity will be astronomical. He would be safer and more economical in prison where he belongs.

  7. Joe Arpaio will always be America’s toughest sheriff, but David Clarke is a close second. Our wonderful President Trump can help to make America great again by appointing both of these fine men to high positions in our Federal law enforcement.

  8. I think he would be an asset no matter where he goes. He surely would be one with President Trump. I look forward to seeing his new direction. He is smart, competent, and when he smiles he is very nice looking.

  9. I also like Clarke and hope he will do well

  10. Give the man a task force unit and sic him on the antifa!
    They should be officially declared “outlaws” and they’d be fair targets for us all.

  11. Wish you success Mr. Clarke.

  12. Get him on board with Ttump!!!

  13. Wish Clarke would join the Trump team and clean out some of the obnoxious dirtbags in The Swamp.

  14. Trump will appoint him his personal bodyguard at $400,000 a year, and then he will refuse to pay him

    • Alexander Seradin- That’s usually how Trump operates. Screws people out of their money & fills his own pockets. Trump is no Christian. The only thing he worships is THE ALMIGHTY $$$$$$. POS!!!

  15. I thought that he has already turned down DHS.

  16. Check out West uncounchness.

  17. In Milwaukee the Libturd Demonrats attacked Clarke for giving inmates Balogna sandwhiches!! Some of it might have been kinda bad!! Guess what, if the inmates don’t like it maybe they should NOT break the law and get incarcerated!!! It is NOT a 5 star hotel!!!

  18. I would like to see David Clarke run for the US Senate.

  19. It is refreshing to find a Democrat who is not a braindead liberal. The Democrat party has become a soulless progressive sewer. I say Democrat, not Democratic, because they are not the Democratics. Our system is Democratic; my party is the Tea Party; not the Tea Party-ics, or Republican (in all usage); not the Republican-ics. It puts my teeth on edge when that is misused.
    Also: I hope he does run for Senator; and win. We need more sanity in our country’s leadership. Also: fewer RINO’s; and more true conservatives.
    Are you listening to your voters Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnel and John McCain? And I really don’t care if I misspelled any of their names.

  20. Mr. Clarke, I hope that the President asks you to join his ‘team’.

  21. Timeline ReallySucks

    Hope he gets the Nations highest position for Mall Cops, and he deserves another medal to add to his Dollar store collection he so proudly wears, Trump loves his lap dog Mall Cop!

  22. I would say run as a Republican against Tammy Baldwin for that Wisconsin Senate seat in ’18! Clarke would make for an excellent replacement for the ultra-liberal Baldwin.

  23. Melissa Martin Brierton

    Great man. Cares about justice.

  24. The only place Clarke should be headed for is prison right along with the racist bigot Joe Arpaio & Trump. Two peas in a rotten pod.

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