Let it go, Sheriff Joe, let it go.
Sheriff Joe let this news out in an interview with fellow birther Aaron Klein. In it Arpaio explains how the Obama administration is strong-arming government law enforcement agencies and the media on the issue of his birth certificate. Arpaio seems especially perplexed by the idea that Republican lawmakers and presidential candidates have started to distance themselves from the controversial sheriff.
Hmmm…. wonder why that could be.
Perhaps it is because Arpaio is thisclose to losing his badge thanks to evidence uncovered in a Department of Justice investigation that his department systematically profiles suspects on the basis of race. Or maybe its because that same investigation uncovered proof that his office mishandled or ignored hundreds of sex crimes cases, many involving immigrants.
Or maybe it’s because most Republican lawmakers understand that openly embracing racism may be a good way to appeal to the most radical fringe of conservative voters, but independent voters by and large find birther conspiracies repulsive.
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