Joe Arpaio made major statement on Trump’s derogatory comments
Joe Arpaio, the controversial sheriff said on Thursday that he would support Trump regardless of what he says . He was referring to Trump’s derogatory comments against Haitians
In an interview on MSNBC’s “The Beat” with host Ari Melber, Arpaio suggested that the president may have not made the remark, but said he would support Trump regardless of whether he did.
Arpaio further states “How do you know he said that? Is that what he said he said? Someone heard him say that? Or did you read that in some book? I presume you got that from a book,”
Melber informed the former Maricopa County, Ariz., sheriff that the source was actually a Democratic lawmaker at the meeting and that the White House did not deny Trump’s use of the language.
“I don’t have a position,” Arpaio responded. “Listening to everybody talking on the radio, making bad remarks and so on. It seems like everybody does it anyway. But I don’t know if he said it. I’m not going to read his mind, I support him regardless of what he says.”
Joe Arpaio was one of Trump’s earliest supporters during the 2016 campaign, and the president pardoned Arpaio last year over a criminal contempt conviction.
Arpaio boasted of being “America’s Toughest Sheriff” and was known for his “Tent City” prison complex and extreme tactics that were blasted by civil rights advocates and Democratic lawmakers.
He was found guilty of contempt in July 2017 for refusing to cease targeting Hispanics for traffic stops for the purpose of immigration checks, a tactic his opponents deemed racist.