Joe Arpaio is like a monster in a horror film. The heroes think they’ve vanquished him, and they move on to fight other monsters in other battles. Then the audience gasps as the original monster, on his last legs, is still coming after them.
The former Maricopa County Sheriff lost his 2016 reelection campaign thanks to heroic work from activists and the efforts of the voting public. Then he was convicted of criminal contempt of court for continuing to racially profile Latinos in his illegal enforcement practices. But he was pardoned by President Donald Trump, supporter of racists across the planet.
Now, according to a recent conversation with a reporter from The Daily Beast, Arpaio says he is “seriously, seriously, seriously considering running for the U.S. Senate.”
The question came up after Republican Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona announced he would be resigning when he admitted to repeatedly trying to persuade his staffers to be surrogate mothers of his child. Franks even offered the women $5 million.
This isn’t the first time Arpaio has expressed interest in the Senate. In August, he told the Washington Examiner, “I could run for mayor, I could run for legislator, I could run for Senate.”
Arpaio, a longtime friend of Trump, recently told ABC News that he has not spoken with the president about a potential Senate campaign. However, Arpaio did say, “If I run, I’m running for him.”
In addition, Arpaio said he has met in the past month with former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who was deemed too racist, alt-right and villainous even for this administration.
Arpaio is 85 years old. Shouldn’t he retire instead of continually pulling the country backwards with views that are more in line with the Civil War era? “If anyone thinks my age is going to hold me back, I’ve got news for them,” Arpaio told the Washington Examiner. “The bottom line is there’s no way I’m going to go fishing. I have no hobbies.”
Physicist Max Planck once said, “Science advances one funeral at a time.” He meant that new truths don’t triumph because they convince their opponents but because the opponents die, and the new generation who embraces the truth takes over. Let’s hope the same thing happens in politics.
Arpaio, we have this advice for you: Learn to fish, and let the next generation that believes in the truth of equality, human rights and justice take over.