Trump is quietly taking advice from criminally racist sheriff Joe Arpaio

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Joe Arpaio, the former Maricopa County sheriff convicted of criminal contempt for racially profiling Latinos, says he's giving Trump advice.

Birds of a feather flock together: Joe Arpaio, the virulently racist former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, told the Washington Examiner that he is quietly advising Trump.

"I don’t brag about it," Arpaio told the Examiner in an interview. "I met with the president in private about two months ago, just me and him. I’m not going to say what I said. I could come out like these politicians when they meet with the president. ‘I met with the president. I said this. He said that.’ Now, if the president wants me to say something or wants something to be said, that’s up to him."

Trump pardoned Arpaio last year, after Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt of court for refusing to adhere to a court order to stop racially profiling Latinos when he served as Maricopa County sheriff.

Despite his pardon, Arpaio still isn't taking responsibility for his racist law breaking — despite the fact that remorse and acceptance of responsibility for your crime is usually a precondition to receiving a presidential pardon.

"She, that judge, finds me in contempt of court," Arpaio told the Examiner. "Of course, the other judge is the one that referred it to her, because he even wanted, he even said, 'I don’t want skin in the game.' It was a hatchet job."

Arpaio went on to say that he's trying to get the conviction erased from his record.

"I’m fighting that," Arpaio told the Examiner.

Trump's administration, of course, has pushed cruelly racist policies such as separating families at the border, and throwing children and asylum seekers in jail.

No wonder Trump is taking advice from racist criminals like Arpaio.

Published with permission of The American Independent.