Joe Arpaio Still Insisting Obama's Birth Certificate Fake, Claims He Has Proof

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks during a Donald Trump campaign rally on Aug. 31 2016 in Phoenix Ariz

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks during a Donald Trump campaign rally on Aug. 31 2016 in Phoenix Ariz

During an interview with Fox and Friends on Wednesday morning former Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriff Joe Arpaio (shown) announced he would be running for Senator Jeff Flake's seat in the upcoming primary.

In an interview with the Washington Examiner published Tuesday, the 85-year-old Arpaio said he meant to run for the seat Sen. Arpaio told The Associated Press at his office in a Phoenix suburb. He also has a long history of taking controversial actions against the Latinx community, notably sweeping up vulnerable groups during immigration raids including pregnant women, children, and US citizens; placing detainees who committed criminal and civil violations in atrocious conditions, reportedly causing one pregnant detainee to lose her baby; and ignoring hundreds of sexual abuse cases.

The former Maricopa county Sheriff has long courted controversy, expressing right-wing views on immigration and policing. Trump consistently attacks the Justice Department for its investigation in whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation to win the 2016 election.

Arpaio takes an even more notable jump when considering hypothetical endorsements that candidates may receive. While she could likely beat former state Sen.

"I started this because of a fake document", Arpaio said in response to the host's claim that he was trying to delegitimize Obama. Kelli Ward, who had attempted to cast herself as the most pro-Trump candidate in the race. Arpaio's entry into the race could erase that advantage.

"I love this state, the people in this state, so I think I can give something back".

Ward, who lost a 2016 GOP primary to Sen. But she removed his name from her list of endorsements after Trump split with Bannon over comments in a newly published book critical of the president.

Trump posted a favorable tweet about Ward, after she visited his Mar-a-Lago, Florida, resort around Christmas, but he has not formally backed her.

McSally has courted Trump's support in recent months while still presenting herself as middle of the road. She was also widely criticized for blaming McCain for the rise of ISIS. Many also dismissed talk that he might run for U.S. Senate.

Back in November, Flake announced he would not run for re-election, leaving an open Senate seat. He flirted with running for governor no fewer than five times over the years before finally abandoning the idea.

President Trump's pardon last August said, "Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now 85 years old, and after more than 50 years of admirable service to our nation, he is a worthy candidate for a presidential pardon".

Air Force Academy alum, retired Air Force Col. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., is recognized by President Donald Trump during a presentation ceremony of the Commander-in-Chief trophy to the Air Force Academy football team, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.

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