Racist Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio Announces Run For Senate And Twitter Is Not Happy

The words corruption and racism are pretty regularly associated with the presidency of Republican Donald Trump. His despicably infamous very fine people” comments after the domestic terror attack in Charlottesville last year solidified, beyond any shadow of a doubt, his willingness to not condemn white supremacy. And the actions his administration has taken on a number of issues show they aren’t bothered with the appearance of corruption.

And in one single move last year, Trump showed he doesn’t mind mixing the two. The Republican used his first presidential pardon on the notoriously racist former sheriff of Maricopa County, Joe Arpaio.

The disgraced 85-year-old Arpaio had been convicted of contempt of court and faced up to six months in jail. He had lost the election for sheriff in 2016 to Democrat Paul Penzone.

So, what is Arpaio up to now that Trump helped put him back in the spotlight? Running for Senate, of course.

He announced this morning he would be throwing his name into the race to replace Republican Senator Jeff Flake in Arizona. Flake famously announced he was stepping down in a widely watched floor speech denouncing the political milieu brought on by Donald Trump.

Joe Arpaio tweeted out his intentions, suggesting he isn’t interested in what the Constitution says. He just wants to be a Yes Man and pledged “unwavering” support to “the agenda and policies of President Donald Trump”.

I am running for the U.S. Senate from the Great State of Arizona, for one unwavering reason: to support the agenda and policies of President Donald Trump in his mission to Make America Great Again.

— Sheriff Joe Arpaio (@RealSheriffJoe) January 9, 2018

Arpaio joins a number of other Republicans running for office this year with histories of being on the wrong side of the law. Robert Maguire of OpenSecrets.org pointed out the growing list of candidates with naughty pasts.

2018 has GOP candidates w convictions!

Blankenship:Convicted for violations stemming from mine explosion that killed 29, running for Senate

Grimm:Convicted of felony tax fraud, running for old House seat

Arpaio:Convicted of contempt of court, running for Senate after pardon

— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) January 9, 2018

How could I have forgotten Gianforte, who’s running to hold the seat he won the day after he assaulted @Bencjacobs

— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) January 9, 2018

Not surprisingly, Twitter was not impressed with his announcement. The negative reactions ranged from pure disgust to joy at the possibility of another problematic Republican Senate candidate running up against a Democrat with a far better record.

This AZ resident won’t be voting for you. I hope you lose. Bigly.

— Amber K (@RockiesBBallFan) January 9, 2018

— Albert W Dubreuil (@AWDubreuil) January 9, 2018

Even some conservatives wanted no part of Arpaio.

As a hard core Conservative…. I am asking that you NOT run for Senate! We already have a great candidate in Kelli Ward. You will not win and you WILL split the vote! This is the wrong move! You need to retire and go home & take care of your wife! DONT DO THIS! We Need to WIN!

— ????????? ???? (@1AmericanMama) January 9, 2018

His likely opponent, U.S. Representative Kyrsten Sinema, may have thrown a little subtle shade at Joe Arpaio following the news. Shortly after the announcement hit the media, Sinema’s twitter account posted this tweet that could be taken as a reminder that Trump’s pardonee is no longer a part of law enforcement.

Today is #LawEnforcementAppreciationDay. Thank you to the #AZ officers who work tirelessly to keep us safe. pic.twitter.com/Sx4Gv32hUu

— Kyrsten Sinema (@RepSinema) January 9, 2018

The race is on in Arizona and another Republican with a disgraceful history has joined the fray. We’ll see in November if voters decide to send the deplorable Joe Arpaio to Washington.

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