Special to WorldTribune.com
As politically correct power centers of all stripes have lined up to assail Donald Trump, maverick Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio has come to the GOP presidential candidate’s defense.
In a radio interview, Arpaio defended Trump’s remarks about illegal aliens and his “right to voice his opinion.”
In announcing he was running for the 2016 GOP nomination, Trump said: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
Arpaio said “there’s no lie about the drugs coming from Mexico. Everybody knows that. I talk about it all the time. The majority of the drugs coming into my county, they are from Mexico. So that’s a true statement.”
The sheriff added that it is “amusing to see all the heat because [Trump] made a few statements.
“I thought we have freedom of speech in this country. And I presume he is not going to back down. I would imagine he is going to continue to voice his opinion.”
Trump and Arpaio have both claimed President Barack Obama’s birth certificate may be forged. Arpaio’s office has been investigating the birth certificate since 2011.
Arpaio’s remaks were recorded on July 2 for weekend broadcasts on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio,” broadcast on New York’s AM 970 The Answer and Philadelphia’s NewsTalk 990 AM.
Following Trumpe’s remarks, NBC, Univision and Macy’s ended their relationships with Trump.
Trump told Foxnews.com that NBC was “weak and foolish” to end its relationship with him.
Arpaio said the leftist jackals were quick to pounce on Trump because of his presidential run.
“I presume if he wasn’t running you would not see this much controversy from the media,” the sheriff said. “I can understand his frustration. We do have a problem. Drugs coming across the border and the illegal immigration problem.
“I guess you got to be politically correct when you run for office,” Arpaio added. “I don’t believe he meant to say anything derogatory about all the great people from Mexico. And I lived there, as I said, as the head of the federal drug enforcement.”