Sheriff Clarke: Stolen Valor, Plagiarism Plague Self-Declared Appointee

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Sheriff Clarke, self-declared Trump appointee, brings more plagiarism and less valor

Trump advocate, controversial Milwaukee County Sheriff, David Clarke, announced on Wednesday that he has been appointed as an Assistant Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Though, there has been no corroboration of his appointment, as of yet, from the White House. As we’ve observed from previous appointments, Trump requires neither qualifications, experience nor training in the specific field, only undying loyalty to him. In the area of undying loyalty, Clarke excels. In the arena of qualifications and experience, he leaves much to be desired.

In fact, CNN reported today that the sheriff had plagiarized portions of his Master’s thesis on US security. In fact, there were 47 incidents in his thesis of direct quotes from sources being included in his text without quotation marks. Clarke had been awarded the degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He is not the first of Trump’s cabinet picks to have had plagiarism troubles, either, but the fourth. In his short tenure, Betsy DeVos, Neil Gorsuch, Monica Crowley and even Trump’s wife have all been accused of plagiarism.

The specific position for which Clarke is reportedly being considered is Assistant Secretary in the Office of Partnership and Engagement where his primary function will be “to serve as liaison with state, local and tribal law enforcement and governments.” This is a position for which Clarke is uniquely unqualified. He’s a staunch conservative who’s made no bones about his intense dislike of Liberals/Democrats saying:

“The only time I’d only reach across the aisle to a Democrat is to grab them by the throat.”

This is not the attitude of a person who will be open to listening and considering different or opposing ideas or positions. What type of relationship does Trump think Clarke will have with Democrats or even moderate Republicans with this hard-line stance? Or does Trump even know what the position requirements are? Knowing Trump, probably not. Trump apparently thinks he’s “diversifying his cabinet.” It’s the diversity of ideas that’s important, not diversity in skin color.

Clarke, like his hero Trump, is also impulsive. He, too, shoots from the hip spewing fact-free rhetoric from questionable sources or making claims that have already been debunked. His attacks on Black Lives Matter have been copious, vitriolic and unrelenting, but rarely based on facts.

Following the shooting of two police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, he claimed that America was at war and that BLM was the enemy. However, the police chiefs in both cities had, after conducting a thorough investigation, publicly stated that neither perpetrator had been associated with Black Lives Matter. What the shooters did have in common was that both were ex-military, Afghan war veterans. It’s much more like likely that both were suffering from untreated PTSD than anything else. But, that doesn’t fit Sheriff Clarke’s hate-filled rhetoric, so he ignored it. Or, perhaps he never even considered PTSD as an option since he, like Trump, has never served in the military. Which brings me to my final point.

Stolen Valor:

Clarke loves posing with his chest full of medals except they’re neither military nor law enforcement. They have more in common with Army/Navy Store designer decorations for the chicken hawk out to impress the gullible than any sort of service. Several veterans have called him on this blatant attempt at passing himself off as a military hero. Just as he’s not a military hero, he’s not a law enforcement hero either if deaths within the jails you oversee is a measure. Four inmates died in the Milwaukee county jails in 2016. One from being denied water for 7 days.

Clarke is also the subject of several lawsuits, as covered by, many stemming from unnecessary deaths under his watch. He also favors attacking the press if they dare report the truth about him. You can see why Trump would want him in his cabinet, though the White House does seem to be casting doubt on the appointment that Clarke is claiming:

DHS has not confirmed that Clarke has been offered a position with the department. On 17 May 2017, the department’s official Twitter account posted:

[Senior] positions are announced when made official by the [Secretary]. No such announcement w/ regard to the Office of Public Engagement has been made.

Clarke is an uncaring, unfeeling, unyielding, uncompromising, old fashioned misogynist who embarrasses himself with his inability to adapt to changing times, situations or updated facts. Put it all together, a perfect fit for the Trump administration.

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