Let this be an object lesson to future bigots that abuse their power.
The insultingly nicknamed “America’s Sheriff,” Joe Arpaio had a tough day in court as the lawyer for the plantiffs employed my personal favorite rhetorical attack: Using Arpaio’s own words, in context, to show what a lying hypocritical weasel he is. For some reason, when I do this, it makes conservatives very angry. I can’t imagine Arpaio was smiling when it was all over.
…one of the lawyers for the plaintiffs, Stanley Young, asked Arpaio if it was his policy to go after illegal immigrants first, and their crimes second. Arpaio denied that was the case, so Young played a video of an Arpaio news conference in which the sheriff stated that he has a ”pure” program that targets illegal immigrants and “not the crime first.” Time after time, Young played or read evidence from Arpaio interviews that contradicted the testimony the sheriff just gave in court–quotes from a 2009 speech in Texas, from an interview on the Glenn Beck show, from an article in GQ Magazine.
Arpaio’s apologists on Fox News will cry “foul!” for the crime of taking Arpaio at his word while the rest of us will smile at his arrogance. That whole “I can say whatever I want on camera and ignore it later” only works in the sealed bubble of the right wing media machine. That doesn’t cut in the real world in a real court room.
Once the Federal trial gets started, Arpaio is utterly screwed. Ha. Ha. Ha.