Disgraced Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio Running For U.S. Senate
Disgraced ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was pardoned for a criminal conviction by President Donald Trump in 2017, has announced that he is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona.
The 85-year-old Arpaio played the victim card during an interview with The Washington Examiner:
I have a lot to offer. I’m a big supporter of President Trump. I’m going to have to work hard; you don’t take anything for granted. But I would not being doing this if I thought that I could not win. I’m not here to get my name in the paper, I get that everyday, anyway.
I am outspoken. I’m looking forward to it. Let them come. They’ll have their political firing squads and bring tons of money here, because they don’t want to lose. I just want to do everything I can to support our president.
Arpaio was found guilty of contempt of a federal court for willfully violating a judge’s order to stop racially profiling Latino motorists in 2011.
Arpaio ignored the judge, and had his staff continue targeting Latino drivers; an estimated 170 people were wrongfully detained by the Senate hopeful.
Arpaio told Univision in 2017 that he had nothing to apologize for and insisted that “the Hispanics” didn’t hate him for racially profiling them.