By Piper Blackmun
Controversial Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke recently quit his job and moved to Washington, D.C. He has joined a pro-Trump PAC America First Action and will also join the Thomas Jefferson group, a collection of high-profile African Americans Republicans who do outreach to the black community.
According to White House insiders, President Donald Trump has nicknamed the group, which also contains Herman Cain and Stacey Dash, “the Toms.”
Clarke is known for making controversial statements. He once said that America didn’t have a police brutality problem and crime was caused by a lack of fathers in the black community and has called Black Lives Matter a terrorist group. He is also facing lawsuits from the families of a prisoner and a baby who both died in his jail.
The Daily Beast reported that Trump was considering Clarke for a top-level White House role. That was nixed by Chief of Staff Gen.(rtd.) John Kelly.
“Four sources working in and close to the Trump White House said his failure to land a gig in the West Wing or at the Department of Homeland Security, where Clarke unsuccessfully sought a job earlier this year, was in large part the result of opposition from White House chief of staff John Kelly. Kelly led DHS until late July,” according to the Daily Beast.