People in Illinois Can't Stand Joe Arpaio -- and He's Lovin' It
Most people wouldn't see the fact that their mere presence in a state with nearly 13 million people inspires folks to give up their Saturday to head to a park to basically tell them "hey...I can't stand you" as a good thing.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio isn't most people.
Protesters are expected when America's self-proclaimed "toughest sheriff" appears at a Republican picnic outside of Chicago on Saturday -- and Arpaio's eatin' it up.
We probably wouldn't know about the protesters if the sheriff hadn't mentioned it on both his Twitter and Facebook pages ... twice.
Last night, the sheriff's ghost tweeters posted a link to an article with the headline "Pickets expected at Kendall GOP Picnic With Controversial Arizona Sheriff."
One tweet apparently wasn't enough -- this morning, the ghost tweeters posted another article with the headline, "Protesters To Follow Sheriff Arpaio To Kendall County GOP Event."
Similar acts of media slutiness can be found on the sheriff's Facebook page (he still hasn't accepted our friend request. Sadsies).
Don't be mistaken, Arpaio's appearance in Illinois isn't exactly big news in the Land of Lincoln. The two articles Arpaio pimped on his social media websites are the only media accounts of his trip we could track down.
The kicker: Fans-o-Joe are encouraging this crap.
Take Charlie Kirry, of Olympia, Washington, who commented on Arpaio's Facebook page "Can you give tissue samples to make clones? We need a few more like you."
Kirry's apparent man-crush doesn't end there.
"The protesters are a badge of honor for a person doing the right job. So many goofballs thinking criminals are the good guys," Kirry gushed on the sheriff's Facebook page.
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