David Clarke, the popular Fox News commentator, has resigned from his position as sheriff of Milwaukee County in Wisconsin, it was announced Thursday.
County Clerk George Christenson said that he received a resignation from Clarke but offered no other comments on the matter.
Clarke had announced that he was going to accept an invitation from President Trump to join the administration as a part of the Department of Homeland Security, but there was no official announcement of the offer from the department at the time.
Later he rescinded his acceptance after a damaging report from CNN accused him of plagiarizing parts of his master's thesis at the Postgraduate Naval Academy.
Clarke vehemently denied the accusations and accused CNN and Andrew Kaczynski, who uncovered the evidence for the plagiarism claim, of "electronic terrorism."
“You know he uses fear and intimidation against his targets,” Clarke said of Kaczynski. “He did that with me. He’s constantly sending you emails. To me, it’s electronic terrorism.”
Clarke has been a vehement and vocal defender of Trump, and even went so far as to defend the president when he mocked MSNBC host Mika Brzezinksi by saying she arrived at Mar-A-Lago with her face "bleeding badly from a face-lift."
He used his official Twitter account to show his great support for the president, and often defended him from criticism in the media.
If GOPers in Congress were as quick to comment on tax reform and infrastructure as they are on the Arpaio pardon, w… https://t.co/gmlXZuSkxk— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@David A. Clarke, Jr.) 1503911856.0
The now former sheriff had become nationally popular for his appearances on Fox News, where he gave a very forceful conservative view of law enforcement topics including those concerning the "Black Lives Matter" movement.