Get set for the Democrats to lose their minds again.
Roy Moore was public enemy number two (no one is taking President Donald Trump’s place at number one) for the Democrats for months as he ran for the Alabama Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Now that his political career is over, they will have a new lightning rod in former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who on Tuesday announced that he is running for Senate.
“I have a lot to offer. I’m a big supporter of President Trump,” he told the Washington Examiner. “I’m going to have to work hard; you don’t take anything for granted. But I would not being doing this if I thought that I could not win. I’m not here to get my name in the paper, I get that every day, anyway.”
The spot in the Senate is open for the taking after Republican Sen. Jeff Flake announced his retirement.
Arpaio was attacked by Democrats for years because of his hardline stance against illegal immigration, and he anticipates that those criticisms will continue, if not intensify, now that he is running for Senate.
“My mother and father came here from Italy, legally of course. I have a soft spot for the Mexican community having lived there,” Arpaio told the Examiner. “I’m not going to get into my personal life, but I will say we have four grandkids and some have a different ethnic and racial background. I don’t say that. I don’t use my grandkids. So, I have a soft spot, but still, I’m going to do my job. You have to do it.”
“Being a U.S. senator is a little different than being the sheriff, because you can do a lot of things in the U.S. Senate, and I have many plans, believe me. It’s tough. It’s a tough decision. But, if you’re going to come across that border, you should be arrested and get the consequences of it,” he said.
“I am outspoken. I’m looking forward to it. Let them come. They’ll have their political firing squads and bring tons of money here, because they don’t want to lose,” he added. “I just want to do everything I can to support our president.”
President Trump pardoned Arpaio in August after the controversial sheriff was convicted for not obeying a judge’s order to discontinue racial profiling.
“Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now eighty-five years old, and after more than fifty years of admirable service to our Nation, he is worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon,” the president said in a statement at the time.
Arpaio said he anticipates that Democrats will continue to make an issue out of his pardon but he is not concerned. He also offered his own idea on how to solve the DACA situation currently being discussed in Congress.
“I have a far-out plan, which may look stupid,” Arpaio said:
When they come to your attention that they’re here illegally, these young people, deport them back to Mexico — or whatever — and then try to put them on a fast track to come back into the United States legally with special permits. What’s wrong with that? They’d say they don’t know where their home country is, so let them go there and spend six months, because it might take that long to do paperwork to get them here legally and let them see their home country and see what it’s really like. They ought to be proud where they came from. I’m proud being an Italian American. I’m proud of Italy. I’m proud my father, mother came over, proud of it. So, you could kill two birds with one stone.
“That would be no amnesty, everybody would be happy, you deport them and then let them come back with all their education here,” he added. “I’m sure they could find a temporary job or help the foreign countries and build up relations and come back. That’s just a big picture that I have. People may say I’m crazy. What am I crazy about? It just makes sense.”