Convicted criminal Joe Arpaio, the former longtime Arizona sheriff famous as famous for his inhumane treatment of prisoners as he was for his unconstitutional persecution of Mexicans and other immigrants, made headlines earlier this week when he announced his intention to run for Arizona’s open senate seat.
The self-proclaimed “America’s toughest sheriff” was found to be in contempt of federal court last summer for defying a judge’s orders to end an unconstitutional racial profiling practice he implemented in Maricopa county. He only avoided jail time because President Trump decided to issue an unprecedented first year pardon to the controversial law man.
Arpaio was also a prominent supporter of the birther movement, that collection of tin foil hat wearing conservatives who set out to prove that President Barack Obama’s birth certificate was fake, and that there was a vast conspiracy committed to concealing his true African birth. (A certain 45th president of the United States was also a vocal birther.)
Now that he’s running for national office, however, he’s initiated a charm offensive of sorts, going out into the media over the last several days to make his case to voters.
Tonight’s stop was CNN, where he appeared on no-nonsense host Chris Cuomo’s new prime time show, and, well, let’s just say Cuomo didn’t let his birther pass go untouched.
He quickly and cunningly cast the bait out, and Arpaio bit hard. You can watch the entire inflammatory exchange below.