So is he or isn’t he?
Ed Willing brought you the news earlier of Milwaukee Sheriff and Trump surrogate, David Clarke, and his claim to have accepted a position with the Department of Homeland Security.
As a deputy secretary of Homeland Security, Clarke will be responsible for fielding complaints about the department and relaying them to the appropriate people at the top.
Clarke announced his new position while speaking with a local radio host, Vicki McKenna.
“I’m looking forward to joining that team,” Clarke told listeners on 1130 WISN.
Joining “the team” will certainly spare Clarke the trouble of fighting to keep his seat as sheriff of Milwaukee in November 2018.
Citizens of Clarke’s home county are said to be considerably less enthused over Clarke’s performance of his duties than the Trump administration has been with his surrogacy through the 2016 election season and beyond.
There’s just one problem: DHS can’t or won’t confirm anything Clarke is now saying.
“The position mentioned is a secretarial appointment. Such senior positions are announced by the Department when made official by the Secretary. No such announcement with regard to the Office of Public Engagement has been made,” DHS said in a statement.
That doesn’t mean he doesn’t have the position. It just means he’s jumped the gun in making an announcement.
If he does have it, he’s stepped outside of the normal chain of events adhered to for such appointments.
If he doesn’t, he looks nuts.
Unfounded and nutty is well within Clarke’s shtick, however.
A Twitter user pointed out the assortment of medals and pins worn on Clarke’s dress uniform, as seen when he spoke at the Republican National Committee convention in July 2016. Because of the foul language, I’ve chosen not to include the tweet storm, in its entirety. It suffices to say, someone was quite annoyed with Clarke’s illusion.
10/ And then up top, you have the flag pin arranged on the lapel as though it's part of the uniform code. Pretty sure it's not. pic.twitter.com/KlMz971qYc
— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) May 17, 2017
The basic gist, however, is that Clarke attempts to pull a fast one on those who don’t know any better, by loading his uniform down with impressive looking, but otherwise meaningless “flair.”
If Clarke really has been offered a position with the Department of Homeland Security, you can bet it’s as a reward for loyalty to the regime and has nothing to do with his qualifications for the job.
Then again, that seems to be the new norm for political appointments, these days.