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