Since former Joe Arpaio announced his bid for the U.S. Senate in early January, virtually every national media outlet has felt compelled to publish an article or two acknowledging this bizarre development.
Here is a comprehensive list of all the polite euphemisms that have been used to describe the famously racist former sheriff in those stories:
Are you an out-of-town reporter who's been assigned to write 2,000 words about Joe Arpaio? Here are a few suggestions for starting points:
• He encouraged a culture of unconstitutional, racially discriminatory policing where Latinos were routinely targeted and harassed.
• He installed jail cameras that allowed anyone with an internet connection to watch female inmates using the toilet.
• His SWAT team conducted a raid on the wrong house, burned it down, and forced a puppy into the fire.
• He staged a fake assassination plot against himself for publicity.
• He ran a jail so brutal that women lost pregnancies, inmates were beaten and left to die in their cells, and people hanged themselves at a rate that dwarfed comparable facilities. He jokingly referred to it as his "concentration camp" and refused to provide working toilets and sinks with toilet paper and soap until he was hit with a federal court order.
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• He's cost the county more than $92 million in out-of-court settlements and legal fees.
• He arrested the publishers of this paper after we criticized him.
As a sidenote: Please, liberals, stop describing Arpaio as a "convicted felon" as if that's what makes him a terrible candidate. There are many, many worse things you can say about him.