Joe Arpaio, aka ‘America’s Toughest Sheriff,’ was recently found guilty of criminal contempt of court and might spend the rest of his life in prison. Arpaio is well-known for his racist policies targeting illegals residing in America.
Arpaio and the Birther Movement
The former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona is also famous for being a Birther Movement member. Birtherism is a conspiracy theory that claims that Barack Obama was never born in the U.S., and his presidency is therefore not valid.
The Birther Movement started shortly after Obama took office, as his critics could not openly criticize him for his skin color. Instead, they peddled the idea that he did not have a natural-born citizenship as all U.S. presidents have to have.
The theory, however, didn’t hold water and even Trump, who gladly pushed the idea on the campaign trail, at one point, distanced himself from it. There were many people that could confirm that the former president was born in the U.S. In addition, the White House eventually issued his birth certificate.
Even if the theory were correct, and Obama was born in Kenya like his half-brother, the fact that his mother is natural born here would have made him a U.S. citizen by default. It is the same situation of Ted Cruz in last year’s GOP primary.
Arpaio Charged with Criminal Contempt
Arpaio also embraced the movement during the time he served as the sheriff of Maricopa County, in Arizona. He often rattled the local community with his racial profiling and abuse of minority prisoners in the county’s jails. He was sued by the ACLU in 2009 over his strict anti-immigrant views.
As of recently, when a federal court ordered Arpaio to stop his immigration crackdowns, he declined to comply. As a result, he now faces charges of “criminal contempt of court” and could spend up to six months in jail. Since he is 85, this could mean he may spend the rest of his life behind bars. I wonder if those panties come with lace…
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