President-elect Donald Trump met with Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke on Monday as he continued to consider appointments to his cabinet.
The Wisconsin law enforcement official and outspoken opponent of the Black Lives Matter movement is under consideration to run the Department of Homeland Security.
From Daily Mail
Trump also saw George W. Bush homeland security official Fran Townsend, today and plans to sit down with House Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul on Tuesday.
Clarke did not speak to reporters gathered in the lobby of Trump Tower when he entered. He passed by nearly two hours later without offering a comment when he exited.
A frequent guest on Fox News, the Democrat has aligned himself with Trump and spoke on his behalf at the Republican National Convention.
The elected official, who voters affirmed for the position four times after his initial appointment, is known for taking on the Black Lives Matter, which he has described as a ‘domestic hate group’ and ‘black slime.’
‘Before long, Black Lies Matter will join forces with ISIS to bring down our legal constituted republic. You heard it first here,’ he said in an October 2015 tweet.
That same month Clarke claimed on Fox ‘there is no police brutality in America.’
‘We ended that back in the ’60s,’ he said. ‘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.’
In July he declared a long-running ‘war’ on police after five Dallas officers were gunned down as they kept watch during a Black Lives Matter protest.
Several months later, in October, with the national election just weeks away, Clarke echoed Trump’s claims that the system and the fourth estate are rigged.
He said on Twitter: ‘It’s incredible that our institutions of gov, WH, Congress, DOJ, and big media are corrupt & all we do is b****. Pitchforks and torches time.’
Clarke has more recently taken on anti-Trump protesters, calling them ‘goon anarchists.’
He said in a Nov. 11 tweet that officials could put an end to rioting by declaring a state of emergency and and imposing a curfew.
They should also ‘authorize ALL non lethal force’ he said, including ‘tear gas.’
As DHS secretary, Clarke would be in charge of overseeing the nation’s immigration system and implementing the president-elect’s deportation policy. He’d also be in charge of the Transportation Security Administration.