Speculation has run rampant after the sudden, unexplained resignation of the controversial Sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, David Clarke.
Clarke submitted his letter of resignation to Milwaukee County Thursday afternoon, and the news immediately went viral. But neither his letter nor any other public statement accompanying his resignation offered any explanation of the timing of his departure, or any underlying circumstances.
Now Fox News is reporting that the controversial lawman and conservative media darling will be joining the Trump Administration, although his role has not yet been defined.
According to Politico, “It’s unclear what job Clarke will take in the administration, but one of the sources said he’s expected to join the White House. Clarke likely won’t be offered a Senate-confirmed role because his nomination would face opposition from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.”
This isn’t the first time Clarke has been rumored to be up for a position in the Trump administration. Back in May, he publicly announced he’d accepted a position as an assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security.
His announcement, though, proved to be premature, as no official offer had been made at that time. He did not resign then, however, and a month later he was forced to “rescind” that acceptance in an embarrassing move for him and the White House.
Whatever his formal title and position end up being, expect to see a lot more of Clarke on your screens. More than anything, it seems, Trump values people who are telegenic and effective at appearing on the news to advance a narrative.
As a Black conservative and unabashedly pro-police law man, Clarke is already the right wing media’s favorite person of color. He’s found steady work in recent years speaking against Black Lives Matter and defending law enforcement whenever there’s a controversial shooting involving African American victims.
He’s also been a reliable TV shill for Trump’s anti-immigration and anti-Muslim policies, and was an enthusiastic support of candidate Trump during the campaign. But his chief qualification appears to be his frequent appearances on Fox News. That, and blind loyalty, appears to be all it takes to land a job in the Trump administration.
Peter Mellado is a writer, producer, and a branding and messaging specialist with over 15 years experience. He studied history at San Jose State University, and resides in Los Angeles.