Remember when Donald Trump promised on the campaign trail that he would appointment the “best people” to work for him, so it didn’t matter whether he had government experience or not.
While many of his appointments have been dubious at best: Jeff Sessions as Attorney General; Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education; even Dr. Ben Carson to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development, none has been so egregiously bad as the announcement this afternoon that Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke has accepted an appointment with the Department of Homeland Security.
If you feared for the safety of our country before, you should be downright terrified by this news. Clarke’s only qualification for the position is that he has been a long-time, outspoken supporter of Donald Trump. Oh, and he appears on Fox News a lot. It certainly cannot be for the job he has done as sheriff.
Last year a mentally ill man named Terrill Thomas died last year from severe dehydration in a jail run by Clarke after he was kept in his cell for seven days without water. Was Clarke too busy campaigning for Trump to make sure the job he was elected to perform was being handled properly?
On the day of the Women’s March, January 21, 2017 Sheriff Clarke bravely showed up to stand up to them uppity females. As he said on Twitter “Several taunted me at Women’s riot. I dared those creeps to do something. They knew better & kept to verbal insults. No cops to be found.” What’s the matter Mr. Big Sheriff, were you scared of those dangerous women to “taunted” you with “verbal insults”? No cops around to protect you? You dared them to do something, and they kept their cool. Instead, they hurt your fee-fees.
This is the man that Donald Trump wants to give a responsible position with the Department of Homeland Security? He can’t run his own house properly and is afraid of women yelling at him. But it gets worse.
Clarke also accompanied General Michael Flynn and Jill Stein on their infamous trip to Russia in December 2015 (during the middle of the campaign). While he wasn’t seated at the table with Vladimir Putin, there are other pictures that place him squarely there at the time. In fact, as reported by Mediate, Clarke tweeted a photo of himself on Red Square while also announcing he had “Met earlier with Russian Foreign Minister who spoke on Mid East.”
Which raises the question “Why would a sheriff from Milwaukee even be speaking to the Russian Foreign Minister about the Mid East”? That would make as much sense as my visiting the Queen of England to discuss hats.
According to a recent report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr. will leave office next month to accept a federal appointment as an assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
He will work in the department’s Office of Partnership and Engagement as a liaison with state, local, and tribal law enforcement and governments.”
According to a May 3, 2017 publication by the Congressional Research Service, Clarke’s position at DHS does not require Senate confirmation.
The good news is that is appears there is little damage he can do to our country in his new position. On the other hand, he might start a new series of wars against Indian tribes. Only time will tell.
But with so many other critical vacancies, particularly at the State Department and Department of Justice, how does the Trump administration find the time to secure a relatively meaningless job for a unqualified, sycophantic supporter?
Because they’re the only ones willing to work for him. They are having to scrape the bottom of the barrel, not the top of the heap.