Disgraced former Maricopa County Sheriff and convicted criminal Joe Arpaio wants to be the newest US Senator from his home state of Arizona, replacing the retiring Jeff Flake, who served just one term in the upper chamber of Congress before realizing what a hellhole the Republican Party has become.
Arpaio has never been known for his subtlety, being infamous for having watched over prisoners who died of thirst, forcing women to give birth while in shackles, and running what he himself called a “concentration camp.”
Not an auspicious start for a Senate campaign.
Now Arpaio is making waves again with his continued lack of regard for the US Constitution and specifically the First Amendment, as he prepares to wage war against the legacy of Jeff Flake much the same way that Donald Trump has never ended his presidential campaign that consisted of a simple litany of grievances against Obama.
When Senator Flake made a speech on Wednesday condemning Trump’s attacks on the free press — something covered under the First Amendment — would-be Senator Arpaio saw it differently, according to AZ Family:
“I don’t know if Sen. Flake should make some comments against our commander in chief, I’m not saying, it could be considered by some a borderline treason type situation.”
Yeah, no. Criticizing the president is actually also covered by the First Amendment, and something that prior presidents have even encouraged. Teddy Roosevelt felt particularly strong about it, in fact:
“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”
Of course, we can’t expect a man who so flagrantly violated the law over and over while he was the Sheriff of a huge area like Maricopa County to understand what is or is not legal.
Or at least, we can’t expect him to care.
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