SADDLEBROOKE, Ariz. — Each of the Republicans running for Senate in Arizona this year claims a special bond with President Trump, but only one describes it as a supernatural connection beyond rational explanation.
“I can read his mind without even talking to him. I think he may be reading mine,” said the former Maricopa County sheriff, Joe Arpaio. “Is there something that goes through the airwaves? Mental telepathy?”
The two men have, after all, long traveled a similar road from a distance, sharing the same obsession with their own media coverage, parallel claims of persecution from biased judges, an affinity for reality television and a focus on railing against immigrant threats.
“The more you trash me,” Arpaio likes to tell reporters, “the more votes I get.”
They even share a birthday, June 14, which Arpaio makes sure to mention at his campaign events. Arpaio’s cellphone has rung for years with Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” — a song, he points out, that Trump chose for the first dance with his wife during inaugural festivities last year.
“There is a silent majority out there, and that’s why he won,” Arpaio said at an event at a dun-colored retirement community here in February. “In fact, that’s why I won.”
* REPUBLICANS FRET ABOUT ARPAIO’S SENATE RUN: Michael Scherer reports that lawless, abusive former sheriff Joe Arpaio views his Senate GOP primary run in Arizona as a referendum on the popularity of Trumpism:
“There is a silent majority out there, and that’s why he won,” Arpaio said at an event at a dun-colored retirement community here in February. … Such comments have raised concerns of Senate Republican leaders, who worry about holding on to the seat held by Jeff Flake, who is retiring, in a difficult November general election.
Huh. If Senate GOP leaders worry that Arpaio would put the seat at risk, maybe there actually isn’t a silent majority out there in support of undiluted Trumpism, which Arpaio does represent perfectly.
The Washington Post