“Just doing his job.”
That’s how Donald Trump described what Joe Arpaio was doing when the former Maricopa County, Ariz., sheriff was found guilty of criminal contempt for racially profiling and abusing Latinos that had the misfortune to be in his jurisdiction.
Trump and Arpaio found common ground in their views on strict immigration policies (zero being a good number), hatred of the media and the racist birther theory to disprove President Barak Obama’s citizenship. Arpaio went so far as to send a deputy to Hawaii to look for evidence that Obama’s birth certificate was phony, calling it a “a computer-generated forgery.”
Arpaio spoke for Trump at the Republican National Convention. Trump briefly considered the now 85-year-old Arpaio (the two share a birth date) as his Secretary of Homeland Security, the Washington Post reported in November. He faced long odds of Senate approval because of the contempt conviction.
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