On August 25, Joe Arpaio announced in a press release that he would be running for Sheriff again in 2020.
What We Know:
- According to the release, Arpaio previously served in office from January 1, 1993 until December 31, 2016.
- President Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio in 2017 on previous charges filed by the Obama administration. Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt related to his tactics towards undocumented immigrants. He was also accused of violating the Constitution in his crack-down on illegal immigrants. The pardon kept him from receiving any jail time.
- Arpaio was and is a vocal supporter of President Trump’s candidacy and policies, aligning his own approach and supporting Trump’s stance on border security and deportations.
- Pardoning Joe Arpaio was the first action of his presidency. President Trump did not consult the Justice Department on this pardon. A anonymous source with knowledge of the decision specified that “this is the President’s pardon.”
- Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt last month for disregarding a court order in a racial profiling case. His sentencing was scheduled for October 5.
Joe Arpaio announces 2020 bid for 7th term as Sheriff.
Thousands want me to run for Sheriff. Today Aug 25 announcing run for Sheriff Important day for me. Wife’s Birthday & Pres Trump Pardoned me. Ready for bruising, bitter campaign. Never back down.https://t.co/4dkuVCtCUa
— Sheriff Joe Arpaio (@RealSheriffJoe) August 25, 2019
This announcement comes as border control and immigration have returned to the top of every politician’s agenda. Many civil rights activists are not in favor of Arpaio’s re-election due to it being said that he is a racist.