Maybe Iowa Congressman Steve King didn't get a chance to read the Department of Justice's scathing 22-page report on Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his agency's historic racial profiling paractices -- because that's the only logical explanation for why he produced a Youtube video defending the sheriff, and is calling him an "ardent defender of liberty and a champion of immigration law."
A lone congressman acting as a Joe Arpaio apologist wouldn't be so bad...if Congressman King wasn't the vice chairman of the House Immigration Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement.
The DOJ, as you know, released its report on the MCSO last week and came to the conclusion that the agency -- under Arpaio's (ahem) leadership -- is guilty of the worst racial profiling practices in U.S. history.
According to King, though, "[Arpaio] takes great pains to make sure that he doesn't discriminate against people based on race."
King goes on, claiming that he knows that "there is not a profiling operation going on down [at the MCSO] that I can see, but I can see that [the Obama administration] has a political agenda that's working against a man who stands up for the law. I defend Joe Arpaio; I think he needs to continue with the tent city."
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We contacted King's Washington D.C. office to ask whether the congressman had even read the DOJ's report. We'll let you know if we hear back.
Check out the Youtube video King produced (a link to which Arpaio's ghost tweeters were sure to post on his Twitter page) below.