Now that he’s decided to seek the GOP nomination for the 2018 Senate race in Arizona, convicted former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is also trying to draw attention to himself by again attacking former President Barack Obama as illegitimate.
Appearing on CNN Wednesday evening, Arpaio was asked by host Chris Cuomo if birtherism — claiming Obama wasn’t born in the United States — was a mistake he had made in the past. To that, Arpaio replied:
“Oh, now you’re bringing that up?
“I started this because of a fake government document. I didn’t care where the president came from. I didn’t care at all. We had the evidence, nobody will talk about or a look at it. Anytime you want to come down, we’ll be glad to show you the evidence. You’re going to hear more about this.”
Which begs the question: If Arpaio has the “evidence,” wouldn’t he want to share it on national television so it can reach as many people as possible? Why does it require a trip to Arizona?
Cuomo then asked the disgraced ex-lawman:
“You think President Obama’s birth certificate is a phony?”
Arpaio doubled down but again offered no proof:
“No doubt about it. We have the evidence. I‘m not going to go into all the details. It’s a phony document.”
Clearly having had enough, Cuomo reminded Arpaio that “even Donald Trump says he now believes Obama was born in this country.” And he added:
“If you want to be a U.S. senator, don’t you think that people should have confidence in your judgment on something as crucial as that?”
Much like his political hero, Donald Trump, Arpaio is simply trying to remain relevant and get headlines by digging up an already debunked conspiracy theory that has no basis in fact. Apparently, he thinks he can ride his lie right into the U.S. Senate.
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