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Former WI sheriff David Clarke to speak at Yellowstone GOP dinner

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BILLINGS - Former sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. will speak at the Yellowstone GOP Lincoln Reagan Day Dinner in March.

The former Milwaukee County sheriff and firebrand became nationally-known for his support of President Donald Trump on the campaign trail. The event is titled, "LETS HAVE A BALL AND BUILD A WALL!!!"

"After nearly four decades in law enforcement, the Sheriff has charted a new path to serving the public, which gives him the freedom to reach millions of Americans with his message, unfiltered by the confines of holding public office," the event page states. "As a 'General' in President Trump’s external army, he will also support candidates who commit to the Trump-Pence agenda of putting America First."

Clarke, a loyal supporter of Trump who is reviled by civil rights advocates, resigned from his post last year and joined the super PAC America First Action, which helps elect candidates who support the Trump administration.

He announced in May he was going to join the administration as an assistant secretary in Department of Homeland Security, serving as a liaison with law enforcement at several levels across the country. In June, however, a DHS spokesman told CNN he was no longer under consideration.

Clarke has been the subject of scrutiny for his controversial comments, including calling members of the Black Lives Matter movement "purveyors of hate."

He has also faced backlash for his management of a Milwaukee County Jail, in which an inmate died of dehydration after going a week without water, according to prosecutors.

This month, Clarke was blocked from tweeting on Twitter until he deleted three tweets that seemed to call for violence against members of the media.

In one of them, which has since been deleted, Clarke told his followers, "When LYING LIB MEDIA makes up FAKE NEWS to smear me, the ANTIDOTE is to go right at them. Punch them in the nose & MAKE THEM TASTE THEIR OWN BLOOD. Nothing gets a bully like LYING LIB MEDIA"S attention better than to give them a taste of their own blood #neverbackdown."

Tickets are available for the dinner and range from $25 to $1,000. 

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