ABC 15 has been teasing an exclusive interview with Sheriff Joe Arpaio over the last few days, promising that "no question or topic is off limits."
Forgive us for believing that such controversial questions would be along the lines of, "Sheriff, why do the taxpayers deserve to pay the bill to defend your office's racial profiling? And why have you continued to defy the federal judge in Melendres v. Arpaio?"
The "exclusive" was actually like an episode of MTV's Cribs, where a camera crew goes on a tour of some celebrity's home.
The phrases "racial profiling" or "civil rights" were not used a single time in a segment that's more than seven minutes long.
Anyone who's spent any time in Phoenix won't be surprised that a local media outlet bowed down to kiss Arpaio's ring, but we thought we'd see something a little different nowadays, with the promise of no question off-limits and Arpaio actively attempting to dodge a federal judge's orders to remedy his office's racial-profiling practices.
Instead, here's what we learned from the no-holds-barred exclusive report on Arpaio:
- He doesn't eat breakfast.
- He has seven remotes for his entertainment center, but only uses one.
- Like many Italians, he has panettone in the fridge.
- He has a 14-year-old car (it appears to be a Cadillac DeVille) with 900 miles. He says he doesn't know how to put gas in it.
- He watches Netflix.
At one point, Arpaio's asked if he has any regrets since he's been in office.
That the constitutional rights of Latinos were trampled on by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office?
He says when he was first running for sheriff back in '92, he argued that the county sheriff should have been an appointed position, not an elected one.
"Can you believe what I said?" Arpaio asked. "I would have been fired."
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