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David Clarke

    David Clarke. Photo source: Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia.
    David Clarke. Photo source: Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia.

    Hardliner sheriff who is a regularly featured at anti-Muslim and right-wing events appointed assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

    After several months of rumors, Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke accepted a position at the Department of Homeland Security. The controversial former sheriff is known for his far-right and incendiary remarks, which have earned him a regular platform at anti-Muslim and right-wing events.

    • In March 2017, Clarke was a keynote speaker at a dinner in Los Angeles hosted by the anti-Muslim think tank David Horowitz Freedom Center. During his remarks, Clarke called the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement a “communist” group responsible for inciting violence. He told the audience he saw no correlation between institutionalized racism and police killings of unarmed persons of color. Speaking of BLM protests, he stated: “The country was swept up in a wave of hysteria, anarchy and anti-white racism. America itself was the real target, absurdly denounced as a white supremacist nation.”
    • Clarke sat on a panel with Clare Lopez of the anti-Muslim think tank Center for Security Policy during the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). The panel was titled “When Did WWIII Begin? Part A: Threats at Home.”
    • He also appeared alongside Lopez on a panel during CPAC 2015.
    • In 2015, Clarke attended another event organized by the anti-Muslim David Horowitz Freedom Center where he was the recipient of the Center’s “Annie Taylor Award.”
    • Clarke has said he believes there are plans for the Black Lives Matter movement and ISIS to team up. In 2015, he tweeted, “Before long, Black Lies Matter will join forces with ISIS to being down our legal constituted republic. You heard it first here.”

    Updated: 5/17/17

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