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Joe Arpaio to speak at GOP dinner, proving the GOP is coming unraveled

Prior to being pardoned by the president in August, former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio was widely regarded as a toxic figure among the GOP establishment. Today’s announcement that Arpaio will be featured as a guest speaker a Republican dinner in Nevada next month speaks to how tethered the GOP is to the whims of President Donald Trump

The 85-year-old disgraced former sheriff is set to speak at the Lincoln Reagan Dinner and Fund Raiser on Feb. 18, at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden, Nevada, the Associated Press reported. The news arrives after Arpaio declared he is running for the U.S. Senate seat in Arizona, which will be up for grabs after Jeff Flake retires at the end of his term next year.

The Douglas County Republican Central Committee will host the annual dinner and Arpaio will speak during the VIP Reception, the AP reported.

Arpaio and Trump often appear in lock-step, especially when it comes to immigration and spreading conspiracy theories regarding former President Barack Obama’s birth certificate. The president pardoned Arpaio, who was convicted of criminal contempt of court after defying a court order, in late August and has offered praise of Arpaio’s controversial law enforcement career.

Arpaio’s criminal conviction stems from his violation of court orders to stop detaining undocumented immigrants unlawfully, as Salon has previously reported.

While Trump seems to have conceded in his racially-charged birther crusade against Obama, Arpaio never stopped. Just last week Arpaio said there’s “no doubt” that the former president’s birth certificate was fabricated.

Source: Salon: in-depth news, politics, business, technology & culture > Politics

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