Extremism, Terrorism & Bigotry

ADL: Reports of Sheriff David Clarke Being Offered Position at DHS Are “a Matter of Serious Concern”

Urges Trump Administration Not to Go Forward With Appointment

New York, NY, May 18, 2017 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed deep concern over reports that Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr. is likely being considered for an appointment as an Assistant Secretary in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

“The possible appointment of Sheriff David Clarke to a senior position at DHS should be a matter of serious concern, as he has clear well-documented ties to anti-government extremists and a troubling history of highly offensive rhetoric,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “The fact that Sheriff Clarke may be assuming a key role at DHS is not only dangerous but highly shameful.

“An individual representing such extremist ideologies should not be given this type of leadership role and we urge the Trump administration not to go forward with this appointment,” Mr. Greenblatt added.

According to ADL’s Center on Extremism, as recently last year, Clarke expanded his ties with anti-government extremist groups, including the Oath Keepers, a growing anti-government extremist group whose avowed purpose is to enlist current and former military, police, and first responder personnel into its ranks in order to oppose a supposedly “tyrannical” government.

Extremism, Terrorism & Bigotry

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of antisemitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of antisemitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.