Sheriff David Clarke reportedly plagiarized parts of his master's thesis

Posted May 23, 2017

Sheriff David Clarke, who rode his deep-seated disdain for black people to a plum position in the Department of Homeland Security, reportedly lifted text from his 113-page master's thesis without proper attribution.

Clarke, who said he would be joining President Trump's administration as an assistant secretary in the DHS, failed to properly attribute sources at least 47 times, the CNN story said.

According to CNN, the content that Clarke allegedly copied included several reports from the ACLU, a commission report on 9/11, an article in the Homeland Security Affairs journal from 2011, and more.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke plagiarized parts of his 2013 master's thesis, CNN reported late Saturday. They also removed the thesis from their website in accordance with standard procedure when accusations of plagiarism arise.

Clarke wrote in an email to The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ( ) that "only someone with a political agenda would say this is plagiarism".

Without commenting on the claims in their reporting, Sheriff David Clark snarled at the CNN team that says he plagiarized repeatedly almost four dozen times in his master's thesis.

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Trump asserted that his communications department couldn't keep up with him because he was "moving so quickly". He emerged several minutes later to take questions from the reporters standing between him and his office.

"This @CNN hack @KFILE oppo research MO is to accuse plagiarism".

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. The school's guidelines say if a passage is quoted verbatim, it must be set off with quotation marks. Guy is a sleaze bag.

Kaczynski retweeted Clarke on Sunday, noting he had "yet to respond to the substance of our story".

Sheriff Clarke, an extremely vocal supporter of Donald Trump, called for "rage then revolt" following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on marriage equality. But the department has not confirmed the appointment.

Clarke has a loyal national, right-wing following but has been widely criticized locally for his inflammatory rhetoric and for spending so much time on the road as a Trump surrogate and while giving talks to conservative groups.

In an opinion article in The Post Thursday, Juliette Kayyem, a former assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, said if Clarke is correct, he is being tapped for her old job. Clarke has also faced criticism for his management of a Milwaukee County Jail, where local prosecutors say an inmate died of dehydration after going a week without water. Back in 2016, the Milwaukee sheriff tweeted a rebuke against Black Lives Matter by saying, "Black LIES Matter wants this conversation about Black lives?"