Sheriff Joe Arpaio Prepared to Run on the Birtherism Platform

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OH, the Arizona Republican Senate primary is going to be fun.

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who announced his intent to run for Jeff Flake’s soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat on Tuesday, has decided that birtherism will be his campaign platform.


Yeah. He’s worried about where Barack Obama was born. You know… in case Obama decides to run for office again.

 “I’m going to tell you again that that document is a forgery document,” Arpaio told WABC’s Rita Cosby.”And nobody will touch it.”

“I wanted to get it to Congress so they can pass some type of law – regulation – that when somebody runs for president you ought to check their background, so this won’t happen again,” he added. “But I can’t get anybody – anybody – to even look at it.”

Because nobody but a few fringe kooks still cling to that narrative.

Arpaio, who lost his bid for reelection as sheriff in 2016 is a Trump loyalist, pardoned by President Trump in 2017. He was convicted by a federal court for ignoring orders to stop racial profiling.

He also thinks saying it is his intent to bring it back up to Congress is a winning strategy.

It actually may resonate with the base he’s hoping to reach. Trump clung to the birther theory about Obama for years, and some reports are that he still privately questions the validity of the birth certificate.

I hope news agencies are leaving plenty of space open on their front pages. They’re going to need it.


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