For being so buddy-buddy with Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Republican Representative John Kavanagh actually has some pretty good jokes about the old man.
Kavanagh dropped some funny lines during a roast of Arpaio, and despite Kavanagh still championing SB 1070 to this day, he mostly poked fun at Arpaio's racial-profiling practices.
The Southern Poverty Law Center got the audio of Kavanagh's lines (for the record, the SPLC does not find Kavanagh's jokes funny at all).
In addition to asking Arpaio how many Hispanic people he pulled over on the way to the roast, Kavanagh suggested Arpaio is in favor of racially profiling Latinos due to Arpaio fighting in the Spanish-American War (he probably meant Mexican-American, but whatever).
He also had a bit about going out to eat with Arpaio -- all the waitstaff and cooks jump out the window upon Arpaio's arrival. And another one about actually having to teach MCSO deputies the Miranda warning in English, because they only know it in Spanish.
It's all funny because it's not incredibly far from the truth.
Perhaps Kavanagh's best line, though, was about SB 1062 -- which Kavanagh supported.
He pointed out that many people claimed it would allow people to use the claim of religious beliefs to discriminate against others.
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"And I scoffed at that, until tonight," Kavanagh said. "When a Muslim waiter serving up here walked up to Sheriff Joe, he wouldn't give him his dinner, 'cause he said, 'I don't serve swine.'"
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