On the campaign trail in 2015 and 2016, and for about 15 months to follow Trump’s election victory, it was nearly impossible to turn on the television and not see former Milwaukee Sheriff David A. Clarke out there supporting Trump with harsh rhetoric and oftentimes conspiracy theories, but over the last year something has changed.
According to reporting from The Daily Beast, who examined transcripts and television records, Clark has seemingly been blacklisted from almost all of TV, including Fox News.
In fact, according to The Daily Beast, Clark has not made an appearance on Fox News since the night of the Stoneman Douglas massacre on February 14, 2018. His last appearance on any Fox-owned television station was two days after that, on February 16, when he appeared on Fox Business Network’s Risk & Reward to also comment on the Parkland tragedy.
The former sheriff has also apparently stopped working for the pro-Trump super PAC America First Action. Following his retirement as sheriff in 2017, Clarke had worked for the PAC as a spokesman and senior adviser. We reached out to America First Action for comment, but they have yet to return our request.
While there isn’t a specific reason for what appears to be the blacklisting of Sheriff Clarke, one source speaking to The Daily Beast, who is familiar with the situation, simply said that “His rhetoric became crazier and crazier and most shows refused to use him.”
Others have suggested that his constant bashing of Parkland students, and his propagation of conspiracy theories turned Fox News and much of the rest of America’s media off.
At one point in 2018, Clarke had suggested that Parkland students were being paid by George Soros to “spew anti-gun talking points,” despite there being absolutely no evidence of such.
Clarke still remains active on social media, particularly Twitter, where he continues to spread unverified conspiracy theories to nearly one million of his followers, many of whom eat it up.