Displaying his alarming lack of judgement once again, President-elect Donald Trump is considering Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke for a possible cabinet position or advisory role. In his roles as sheriff, National Rifle Association loyalist, and Fox News analyst1 , Clarke has displayed a cruel disregard for human life.
As sheriff, Clarke has advocated gun ownership and concealed carry as the first line of defense against crime. He has regularly encouraged city residents to “take advantage” of their ability to carry firearms and stated that gun-free zones are “killing zones.” Partly because of this, Milwaukee has the 10th highest murder rate of all American cities2 .
Sheriff Clarke oversees multiple jails, and four individuals have died under his care since April3 , including the newborn child of an inmate. Another inmate died of dehydration after being denied water for days.4 A Milwaukee County board terminated Clarke’s oversight of one jail after Clarke eliminated programs for inmates and woke sleeping inmates with bullhorns. One supervisor has even called on Clarke to resign over these allegations.
Additionally, Clarke has repeatedly called for a “second revolution”5 that would make the American Revolution look “pale by comparison.” He has stated that it is “pitchforks and torches time” on numerous occasions including following the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage and prior to the 2016 Presidential election.
Sheriff Clarke’s dangerous “guns everywhere” worldview should disqualify him as sheriff of a major American city, but his callous lack of empathy for his fellow human beings makes him wholly unfit to serve the White House.
Tell Donald Trump: Do Not Appoint Sheriff David Clarke