4 Hair-Raising Facts About Trump's Potential Homeland Security Pick

Donald Trump met with Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke on Monday at Trump Tower. Clarke, who was an avid supporter of Trump during the 2016 campaign, is suspected to be tapped as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Trump also met with the homeland security advisor during George W. Bush’s administration, Frances Townsend and plans to meet with Texas Representative Michael McCaul (R) who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee. Clarke is a fourth-term elected sheriff in Milwaukee, Wisconsin who is known for his extreme views on policing.


1. Clarke proposed that about 1 million people should be sent to Guantanamo Bay if they’re using “jihadi rhetoric” online

Nearly a year go, Clarke went on his radio show, “The People’s Sheriff” on The Blaze network and said that terrorist and ISIS sympathizers in America need to be rounded up and shipped off to Guantanamo, according to Mother Jones. He proclaimed on the program, “It is time to suspend habeas corpus like Abraham Lincoln did during the civil war.”

“I suggest that our commander in chief ought to utilize Article I, Section 9 and take all of these individuals that are suspected, these ones on the internet spewing jihadi rhetoric . . . to scoop them up, charge them with treason and, under habeas corpus, detain them indefinitely at Gitmo,” Clarke said in the program. He guessed that about several hundred thousand or even a million sympathizers were in the United States and needed to be imprisoned.

2. He refers to the Black Lives Matter movement as “Black Lies Matter”

Clarke is a regular contributor to Fox News, and blamed progressive policies for perpetuating a culture of violence and poverty in black communities on the channel last August. In July, he wrote an article for Fox blaming the Black Lives Matter movement for the murder of Dallas police officers.

“You see, Black Lives Matter is proving itself to seek only one end – and that is discord, alienation among Americans, rise in hate, and destruction of community bonds,” Clarke wrote in the article. “Black Lives Matter has no more to do with black issues than Students for a Democratic Society had to do with Democracy.”

Last year, Milwaukee was deemed the number one “Worst city for black Americans” by the Huffington Post.

3. According to him, there’s no police brutality, but is a “war on police”

The sheriff has written multiple op-eds for Fox News and The Hill about the “war on police.”

“There is no police brutality in America. We ended that back in the ’60s,” Clarke said on Fox News last October. “You look at the data and the research, and there’s a new Harvard study out that shows that there is no racism in the hearts of police officers. They go about their daily duty, if you will, to keep communities safe.”

4. He was pro-riots when it was for Donald Trump, anti-protests when it was against him

When Donald Trump claimed that voting was rigged during the election, Clarke called for riots on Twitter.

But when riots and protests took place in response to Trump’s presidential victory, he thought there should be a state of emergency and said he wanted to call in the National Guard on Twitter.

If Clarke becomes the DHS secretary, his duties would overseeing DHS efforts against terrorism and enhancing security, as well as enforcement of immigration laws.

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