[Vision2020] Donald Trump Announces Sheriff Joe Arpaio As His Vice Presidential Running Mate

Don Coombs wildmushroomer at gmail.com
Mon Feb 1 14:54:22 PST 2016

Most people know that things they read on "The Onion" are satire, and meant
to entertain. But items on the fake website abcnews.com.co aren't clever or
outrageous enough to clearly be untrue.

My real objection to your citing abcnews.com.co is that the site serves as
a rallying point for extreme (and vile) racist comment about President
Obama. (Most of this shows up in posted comments on other stories on the
site, not in comments about the story about Sheriff Arpaio.)

Don Coombs

On Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 8:13 AM, Tom Hansen <thansen at moscow.com> wrote:

> A endorsement by Sarah "Family Values" Palin followed by the selection of
> Sheriff Joe "Papers, Please" Arpaio.  Kinda begs the question . . .
> Courtesy of *ABC News* at:
> http://abcnews.com.co/donald-trump-announces-joe-arpaio-as-his-vice-president/
> ---------------------------------
> Donald Trump Announces Sheriff Joe Arpaio As His Vice Presidential Running
> Mate
> Yesterday, Sheriff Joe Arpaio officially endorsed Donald Trump for
> president
> <http://www.wnd.com/2016/01/sheriff-joe-arpaio-endorses-trump-for-president/>.
> Today, Trump shocked the country by announcing Arpaio as his pick for Vice
> Presidential running mate in 2016.
> “I have great respect for Joe Arpaio,” Trump told reporters. “Like me, he
> understands that we must restore law and order to the border and respect
> the men and women of our police forces. I thank him for his support of my
> policies and candidacy for President. He too knows that we can make America
> great again, and because of this, I am proud to announce Joe Arpaio as my
> Vice Presidential running mate. And just moments ago, I’m happy to report
> that Arpaio has accepted my offer. So it’s now official; you will see a
> Trump-Arpaio ticket come this November.”
> “Donald Trump is a leader,” Arpaio said in a written statement distributed
> by Trump’s presidential campaign. “He produces results and is ready to get
> tough in order to protect American jobs and families. I have fought on the
> front lines to prevent illegal immigration. I know Donald Trump will stand
> with me and countless Americans to secure our border. I am proud to support
> him as the best candidate for President and even prouder to accept his
> challenge of being the next Vice President of the United States.”
> Paul Horner, a spokesman for Trump’s campaign told ABC News that a press
> conference is set for sometime tomorrow to officially announce the news of
> Trump’s pick of Arpaio for his Vice President.
> Most of Trump’s supporters are ecstatic to hear about the news of Arpaio
> being the Vice Presidential running mate for Trump in 2016, but it comes
> with a cost. Arpaio, an extremely controversial figure, has been accused of
> abuse of power, misuse of funds, failure to investigate sex crimes,
> improper clearance of cases, unlawful enforcement of immigration laws, and
> election law violations, amongst others. He has been found guilty of racial
> profiling <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racial_profiling> in federal
> court, with a monitor appointed to oversee the MCSO
> <http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2015/07/08/sheriff-joe-arpaio-mcso-new-helicopter-abrk/29849681/>‘s
> operations. His jails have twice been ruled unconstitutional. The U.S.
> Department of Justice
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Department_of_Justice> concluded
> that Arpaio oversaw the worst pattern of racial profiling in U.S. history,
> and subsequently filed a lawsuit against Arpaio
> <http://www.democracynow.org/2012/5/11/the_us_vs_joe_arpaio_justice> for
> unlawful discriminatory police conduct. Arizona taxpayers have shelled
> out $8.2 million
> <http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2015/10/22/joe-arpaio-racial-profiling-lawsuit-costs-taxpayers/74407474/> for
> outside attorneys in the nearly 4-year-old case, representing a sizable
> portion of the $50 million
> <http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2015/10/22/joe-arpaio-racial-profiling-lawsuit-costs-taxpayers/74407474/> that
> Maricopa County is projected to pay in the lawsuit by next summer. The
> county has also had to pay out $74 million related to Arpaio
> <http://www.ocregister.com/articles/arpaio-684406-sheriff-court.html> that
> is separate from the racial-profiling costs. That figure includes
> judgments, settlements and legal fees involving Arpaio’s office during his
> tenure, covering such things as lawsuits over jail deaths and the Sheriff’s failed
> investigations of political enemies
> <http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/sheriff-joe-arpaios-enemies-are-closer-than-ever-to-taking-him-down-7575718>
> .
> The official Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office website features
> <http://www.mcso.org/About/Sheriff.aspx> a bio of Arpaio that touts his
> ‘Tent City Accomplishments’ by providing inmates with “the cheapest meals
> in the U.S.” by feeding inmates “only twice daily, to cut the labor costs
> of meal delivery.”
> Sarah Bradley, a spokeswoman for *Sock It Forward*
> <http://sockitforward.com/>, a group that provides the homeless and those
> less fortunate with brand new socks, told ABC News that she does not
> approve of Trump’s pick for Vice President.
> “A Donald Trump-Joe Arpaio ticket is like if Hitler came back to life,
> merged bodies with Satan and then chose evil incarnate
> <http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Evil+Incarnate> as his
> Vice Presidential running mate,” Bradley said. “As someone who lives in
> Phoenix, and deals with the homeless problem there on a daily basis, I can
> say without a doubt; everyone would be much better without Sheriff Joe
> Arpaio.” Bradley continued, “The criminal justice system in Maricopa County
> is a joke; it’s a never-ending revolving door
> <https://www.brennancenter.org/analysis/shut-revolving-door-prison>. They
> want you locked up in Arizona. They want you violating your probation, not
> being able to pay your child support, charging you with as many felonies as
> possible. All of this, so when you go out and try and get a job, no one
> will hire you because this Right to Work state
> <http://phoenix.about.com/cs/empl/a/righttowork.htm> is stricter on
> felons than any other state by far. So for someone with a criminal record,
> it’s either a job in telemarketing or going back to crime. And with a
> felony in this state, you’re denied pretty much every type of assistance;
> and that includes money, food stamps and getting a bed in most homeless
> shelters.  So you have no job, no food and now you’re homeless too. And the
> Phoenix Police go out of their way to harass the homeless population here,
> it’s absolutely sickening how they treat them like animals. Even when we’re
> handing out socks we get bothered by the police all the time. They act like
> they’re doing us a favor by allowing us the privilege to give out new socks
> to people who are forced to sleep outside because some shelter won’t take
> them in because of their past criminal record. So with more and more
> homeless people in Arizona  everyday, more and more crime, police budgets
> going up, taxes going up, the people here start accepting a police state
> and Joe Arpaio keeps getting reelected every year.”
> Arpaio historically has been courted
> <http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/arizona/politics/2015/07/10/joe-arpaio-republican-presidential-hopefuls/29986591/> by
> Republican presidential candidates for endorsements, but never a Vice
> Presidential nomination. In the 2008 primaries, Arpaio backed former
> Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney over a fellow Arizonan, Sen. John McCain.
> McCain won the GOP nomination that year. In the 2012 race, Arpaio threw his
> support to then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry, whose candidacy was also unsuccessful
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