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Looks like Joe Arpaio wants to return to the torture and abuse immigrant business! On Sunday night, the convicted and later pardoned felon and former sheriff announced his intention to run for his former job in Maricopa County:


In his official announcement memo, Arpaio vows to "re-open Tent City Jail and bring back his popular jail policies, reinstitute the Posse to its former strength and continue to enforce all Arizona laws that deal with drug trafficking, sex trafficking and other crimes associated with the border and illegal immigration."

The infamous "Tent City Jail" is the one where he made detainees wear pink clothes, sit in the blistering 110 plus degree heat, eat expired food and drink undrinkable water. In his 24 years in office, Arpaio's tenure as sheriff was marked by controversy, with tens of millions of dollars in legal expenses from a racial profiling case, among other high profile incidents that came with a large price tag for Maricopa County taxpayers. Arpaio eventually was convicted for criminal contempt of court in the racial profiling case, but Trump pardoned him on August 25th, 2017.

Here is John Oliver on HBO's "Last Week Tonight" giving a brief rundown of Joe Arpaio:

Joe Arpaio: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) www.youtube.com

The pardon was cheered by Arpaio and Trump supporters, but received widespread criticism, including from then-alive GOP Senator John McCain.

But the real reason Joe Arpaio wants to return now, besides his blatant racism of course, is laid out plainly on his announcement memo:

The last four years have proven to be a time of lost opportunities to continue the kind of tough policing this county needs.

In other words: with all the immigrant jailing, kid separating, rights violating and abuse currently being perpetrated by the Trump Administration, Joe Arpaio was feeling left out. He's the "OG" of immigrant abuse and feels now IS his time, since ICE, CBP and DHS have been doing his playbook with impunity.

So let's just state this unequivocably: Fuck Joe Arpaio and any Maricopa County fuckheads who vote for him and allow this racist scumbag back in a position of power.

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