Feathered Bastard

Joe Arpaio Interviewed by Holocaust-Denier for Anti-Semitic Publication

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Thorn's interview with Arpaio was published Sunday by the American Free Press, which the Anti-Defamation League has described as a "Wash­ing­ton, DC-based conspiracy-oriented anti-Semitic news­pa­per pub­lished by long-time anti-Semite Willis Carto."

The interview itself is pretty standard stuff: Arpaio denouncing "amnesty," the Obama administration, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Titled, "Legendary Sheriff Joe Arpaio Speaks to AFP," the article is full of pat quotes from Arpaio, like the following:

"I have a gun and badge. I don't talk. I take action...I'm against amnesty, and no one should receive a get-out-of-jail-free card. I believe in following the law."

I contacted Thorn who told me that he did the interview via phone with Arpaio, but he would not tell me who on Arpaio's end helped set it up.

"I know who I went through, and I know the notes that I took," Thorn said when I asked.

When I mentioned that the interview might be controversial, not because of its content, but because it's published in AFP, Thorn asked why.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
Contact: Stephen Lemons