Former Wisconsin Sheriff Joins Pro-Trump Super PAC

September 5, 2017 Updated: September 5, 2017

Former Wisconsin sheriff David Clarke, an African-American who criticized the Black Lives Matter movement and was previously under consideration for a position with the Trump administration, has joined a super political action committee that backs the president, officials said on Tuesday.

Clarke, 61, will serve as spokesman and senior advisor for America First Action, his office and the political action committee said in two separate statements.

“I will help make sure we elect the candidates who will do what they promise in support of President Trump’s agenda,” Clarke said in a statement from his office.

“Just as important, I will see to it that the will of the American people is not derailed by the left or the self-serving Washington establishment,” he added.

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Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. departs after a meeting with U.S. President elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower New York, U.S., November 28, 2016. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)


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Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump talks with Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. (L) and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin August 16, 2016. (REUTERS/Eric Thayer)


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Sheriff David Clarke Jr of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016. (REUTERS/Mike Segar)


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David Clarke Jr., sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, speaks at the NRA-ILA’s Leadership Forum at the 146th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits on April 28, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Clarke, who spoke at the Republican National Convention last summer and campaigned for then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, resigned his job on Thursday and said he would announce his plans this week.

The 38-year law enforcement veteran was appointed Milwaukee County sheriff in 2002 and re-elected several times. Although he ran as a Democrat, he moved steadily to the right.

“David Clarke is an American patriot, and we are very proud to welcome him,” America First Action President Brian Walsh said in the political action committee’s statement.

Clarke said in May he was taking a job as assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, but the following month media reported he had withdrawn his acceptance of the job.

By Ben Klayman