Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke has long been one of President-elect Trump’s most controversial supporters, not least because four different people have died in the jail he oversees since this past April alone.
And now it looks like Trump might be about to reward Clarke for his loyal service on the campaign trail by potentially offering him a job in his administration.
Breitbart News, which has long been the Trump campaign’s unofficial press organ, brings us word that Trump is set to meet with Clarke at Trump Tower on Monday. The Trump transition team will not confirm that Clarke is being offered a formal position in the administration, and the RNC’s Sean Spicer would only say that “the president-elect meets with individuals who he believes he wants to hear their ideas, suggestions and opinions and then sometimes considers them for multiple potential positions.”
Nonetheless, picking Clarke for any official position would ignite a firestorm of controversy. In the past, Clarke has accused Black Lives Matter of being responsible for the murders of police officers, while also blaming riots in his home city of Milwaukee on the “questionable lifestyle choices” of black residents there. Most recently, a former inmate at the Milwaukee County Jail filed a lawsuit alleging that her baby died after guards there allegedly refused to give her help as she went into labor.