Ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio was previously convicted for ignoring a judge’s order to cease racially profiling Latinos in Maricopa County, Arizona. President Donald Trump pardoned Arpaio following his conviction. According to experts, Arpaio’s jail was comparable to a concentration camp.
Now he’s running for U.S. Senate.
Republican Joe Arpaio, a close ally of President Trump and former sheriff known for his provocative approach to combatting illegal immigration, is running for Senate in Arizona.
The 85-year-old Arpaio could shake up the late August Republican primary in a critical open-seat race to replace retiring Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.
Arpaio believes his chances of winning are good and seems unconcerned with the establishment Republicans potential fight against him:
“I have a lot to offer. I’m a big supporter of President Trump,” Arpaio said. “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,” he said. “I just want to do everything I can to support our president.”
And that, says Arpaio, is his biggest selling point:
Arpaio’s main offer to Arizonans: He would support Trump unflinchingly, should he win the nomination and defeat the likely Democratic nominee, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema. That’s not insignificant. Both Flake and McCain have a contentious relationship with the president, and he with them.