Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio came on the Breitbart News Sunday Show on Sirius XM Patriot radio to talk about the national war on police with host Stephen K. Bannon. “America’s toughest Sheriff” started off with a bang telling Breitbart’s Executive News Chairman that, “I’m going to court tomorrow, down in Washington, suing Obama, so we’ll see how that goes.”
Arpaio is suing the president, arguing that the imposed executive amnesty is unconstitutional. He is also suing Obama for ordering the release of some 4,000 criminals from his jail over the last year. He told the Daily News back in November that one of the many negative effects of the new executive order “will be the increased release of criminal aliens back onto streets.”
The sheriff said that he believes the heightened rhetoric coming from politicians and community leaders about police brutality and racism “at least indirectly” caused the death of Officers Liu and Ramos on Saturday. The two NYPD officers were shot execution style by an assassin while they were eating their lunch in a patrol car.
Arpaio contends that there is no one more incendiary than Al Sharpton when it comes to race baiting. “We better tell him to chill out, knock it off, stop going to the White House sitting next to the president and talking about race,” he said. According to Arpaio there is a war against cops and he strongly believes our leaders and the media should be siding with the cops.
Critical of NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio for not supporting the police after the death of Eric Garner, the Maricopa County sheriff said, “If I was the Mayor [of NYC] right from the beginning I would have sided with the cops. At least give them the benefit of the doubt. That’s the least you can do.”
Arpaio pointed out that police officers report to the Mayor and they need to be supported. “It’s sickening what’s going on,” he lamented. “I was on a show in New York a couple of nights ago and at that time I said I’m afraid some cops are gonna get killed and fourteen hours later it happened. It’s sad for the families, sad for the NYPD, and I’m afraid it’s going to spread across the nation.”
Bannon asked Arpaio what was it that prompted his prediction: “Was it protesters chanting in the streets for hours at a time, What do we want? Dead Cops. When do we want them? Now. And then not have Mayor De Blasio and other senior non-police officials condemn that?”
The Sheriff said, “I’ll tell you what it was. About a year-and-a-half ago, I had three separate threats on me and my family… all of them regarded my anti-illegal immigration position.” Arpaio argued that the police authority controversy and the illegal immigrant situation are similar because they are political issues.
The media is complicit according to Arpaio. They may be covering the two slain police officers now. he points out, but, “Where were they before? They were leaning to the demonstrators, to the politicians. Twenty four hours, and over and over and over again. And we needed someone to come out and say ‘Hey anyone messes with our Cops and they’re going to jail.’ You didn’t see that from the Mayor.”
He added, “Maybe if someone came out tough and said you’re going to jail if you mess with our cops maybe some people would get a different idea.”
Arpaio also claims that the Attorney General of the United States is also not a great supporter of the police. “I think if you are a cop supporter you won’t be investigating 19 to 20 police departments for alleged racial profiling,” he argued.