Notorious Trump supporter David Clarke steps down as Milwaukee County's sheriff

Clarke holding up a copy of the United States Constitution
Clarke holding up a copy of the United States Constitution
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01 September, 2017

Outspoken Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who built a following among conservatives nationally with his provocative social media presence and strong support of Donald Trump, resigned on Thursday.

But Mark Belling, a conservative Milwaukee radio host, reported that Clarke told him he was quitting to accept a new position that would be announced next week.

Milwaukee County Clerk George Christenson said the letter doesn't give the reason for Clarke's resignation.

There's no word yet on why the sheriff chose today to tender his resignation or what his next moves may be.

Some Wisconsin conservatives had encouraged Clarke to challenge U.S. Sen.

On Sunday, President Trump promoted Clarke's book, "Cop Under Fire: Moving Beyond Hashtags of Race, Crime and Politics for a Better America". Clarke had previously accepted a middle-management job in Trump's Department of Homeland Security, only to rescind that decision weeks later without explanation. Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat, but he repeatedly rejected their requests.

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Most recently, Andrew Kaczynski, Christopher Massie, and Nathan McDermott at CNN also found evidence that Clarke plagiarized - or at least poorly attributed - parts of his 2013 master's thesis on national security.

The sheriff could not immediately be reached for comment. Clarke spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

In May, Clarke said he had been offered a top spot at DHS - a statement that the department declined to confirm after an inquest recommended criminal charges against seven county jail staffers in the dehydration death of an inmate who went without water for seven days.

Gov. Scott Walker will name a new sheriff until 2018's election for Milwaukee County.

Check back often for updates on this developing story.


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