Where Things Stand: Far-Right Sheriff And Trump Supporting Cowboy David Clarke May Run For Senate

This is your TPM evening briefing.
at the DC premiere of the film, "Death of a Nation," at E Street Cinema on August 1, 2018 in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 01: Sheriff David Clarke attends the DC premiere of the film, "Death of a Nation," at E Street Cinema on August 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Shannon Finney/Getty Images)
Start your day with TPM.
Sign up for the Morning Memo newsletter

The longtime TPM character, far-right sheriff who was banned from Fox News, Trump supporter and self-described cowboy David Clarke may soon make his way back into national news relevance.


The former Milwaukee sheriff who has spent his post-Trump surrogate days running a podcast that decries “RINOs” and lambastes Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) on the reg, recently told The Daily Beast that he has apparently not ruled out challenging Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) when her term is up in 2024.

“As time goes on he may make a determination of what to do with the branding he has built up over the years, but not now,” a Clarke spokesperson told The Daily Beast. “Clarke would never take anything off the table as it relates to his future. … Tammy Baldwin knows she’s vulnerable. She will be well funded, but she has no message and runs strictly on her identity politics checklist. She is a back-bencher in the U.S. Senate.”

While Clarke ran as a Democrat throughout his 15 years as a Wisconsin sheriff, his descent into Trumpism was swift and predictable for the figure who made a name for himself over the years with his repeated, outrage-inducing remarks.

In case you need/even want a refresher, here’s a non-exhaustive rundown of TPM’s coverage of the “balls-to-the-wall” sheriff over the years:

Former Milwaukee Co. Sheriff David Clarke Rages At ‘Crap Sandwich’ Wisconsin Audit

Reports: David Clarke Suspended From Twitter After Threat To ‘Lying Lib Media’

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke No Longer Being Considered For DHS Job

CNN: Controversial Sheriff David Clarke Plagiarized Parts Of Master’s Thesis

Milwaukee Jail Death Shines Spotlight On Divisive Sheriff David Clarke

Trump Ally Sheriff David Clarke Jr. Says It’s ‘Pitchforks and Torches Time’

In Heated Interview, Sheriff Blames Black Lives Matter For Police Shootings

Frequent Fox News Guest: ‘Black Lives Matter Will Join Forces With ISIS’

Dem Rep. Steve Cohen Stunned By Conservative Sheriff’s Marijuana Answer

More here.

The Best Of TPM Today

Here’s what you should read this evening:

First, a big scoop from TPM’s Kate Riga: Here’s What Happened When Judge Kacsmaryk Told Lawyers About Secret Hearing In Mifepristone Case

TPM’s Emine Yücel asked New York Republicans about news that Santos may run for reelection: D’Esposito Warns New York GOP Won’t Support Santos If He Makes ‘Foolish Decision To Run And Lose In 2024’

TPM’s Kaila Philo was one of the first to report on this new development in election deniers’ ongoing war on ERIC, a voter roll maintenance program: Founder of Voter Roll Maintenance Program Leaves Board After Onslaught of Far-Right Conspiracy Theories

Senate Republicans Break With DeSantis Over Remarks On Pulling Support From Ukraine

Buoyed By Newly Conservative Court, North Carolina Reaches For Fresh Chance To Gerrymander Maps

FBI Report: Hate Crimes In US Spiked To Highest Level Yet In 2021

DeSantis Engages In ‘Complete Gaslighting’ Over Florida Book Bans

WH Demands Pence Apologize For ‘Homophobic Joke’ About Pete Buttigieg

Yesterday’s Most Read Story

A Christian Chatbot Has Some Bad News For Republicans — Sarah Posner

What We Are Reading

GOP election deniers increasingly admit they’re just going off vibes — WaPo

What We Still Don’t Understand About Postpartum Psychosis — New Yorker

Silicon Valley’s Titans Are Realizing a Lot of People Really Don’t Like Them — The New Republic

Latest Editors' Blog
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: