‘America’s Toughest Sheriff’ Endorses Donald Trump

Arizona’s colorful Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio today threw his weight behind businessman Donald Trump for president.

File - This Jan. 9, 2013 file photo shows Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaking with the media in Phoenix. A federal judge who ruled that the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office racially profiled Latinos in immigration and traffic patrols determined Wednesday that hundreds of deputies and employees completed a court-mandated assignment to get familiar with his verdict. U.S. District Judge Murray Snow found that the sheriff’s office complied with the order he issued April 17 for deputies, civilian employees and posse volunteers to read key findings of his 2013 ruling. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, file) AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, file
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, file)

The law enforcement figurehead appeared with the Republican 2016 frontrunner at a Marshalltown, Iowa, rally Tuesday, citing Trump’s hard-line stance on immigration as the reason for his endorsement.

“Donald Trump is a leader. He produces results and is ready to get tough in order to protect American jobs and families,” Arpaio said in a statement. “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.”

Arpaio, who’s been dubbed “America’s toughest sheriff,” is a Trump of sorts in his home state of Arizona — known for his blustery statements about illegal immigration, protestations about President Barack Obama’s birth certificate and for consistently signaling that he plans to run for governor.

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