- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke pushed back on Tuesday against claims he plagiarized sources for his thesis at the Naval Postgraduate School.

An appointment by President Donald Trump to the Department of Homeland Security hangs in the balance for Mr. Clarke, given a CNN report filed last Saturday accusing him of improperly citing a 2013 master’s thesis. The officer joined the “Bernie and Sid” radio show to defend his integrity.

“Everything that I put in there had a citation and, naturally, when you accuse someone of plagiarism, it’s not citing stuff,” the sheriff said, CNN reported. “That’s not even what CNN and their political hack [Andrew] Kaczynski said. They’re saying certain words and phrases I should have put quotation marks around. OK, alright, fine. Maybe from a formatting standpoint the thesis isn’t perfect, but the content is there.”

Mr. Kaczynski tweeted over the weekend that Mr. Clarke’s initial responses failed to address “the substance of our story.”

“I’m trying to set an example for others that you have to stand up to these bullies on the left,” Mr. Clarke said Tuesday. “You can’t blink, you can’t run, you can’t just quit because it gets to be hard. This is a very hard thing, what they’re doing to me. It’s going to get worse. I’ve been advised of that. I kind of know that, but that’s what it is. But it’s worth it to me to stand tall at times like this and to potentially serve.”

Mr. Clarke, a long-time critic of the Black Lives Matter movement, has been a regular contributor to law-enforcement discussions on Fox News Channel. He also spoke at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, last summer.

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