ON THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TRAIL – The GOP’s leading presidential candidate, Donald J. Trump, has been dithering for months on whom to pick for his running mate.
In previous posts, we have posited that he would tap Rush Limbaugh (see our post of December 18); Sarah Palin, January 20; and Bernie Sanders, March 13.
But after his impressive victory in Arizona yesterday, it is clear at least to this solitary reporter that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will be our next vice president (unless Hillary can defeat Trump with HUD Secretary Julian Castro as her running mate).
Arpaio takes great pride in being, in his own words, America’s toughest sheriff. To put it mildly, he is well-known for being a strident opponent of illegal immigration. Always a publicity hound, he requires all inmates to wear pink underwear. Frequently sued for his controversial actions, he has cost the taxpayers of Maricopa County $142, 000, 000 in legal fees. He lives in Fountain Hills, near Phoenix, the site of one of Trump’s recent, and successful, rallies.
“One of the reasons I like Joe Arpaio so much,” Trump explained to his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, “is that he is Roman Catholic. Obviously I have offended a tiny minority of Catholic voters when I said that the Pope is a very political person, but with Joe on the ticket, all the Catholics will be on my side.”
“And since Joe is 83, I know for damn sure that all the retired voters – Democrats, Republicans, Independents, whatever – will vote for our ticket.”
Realizing that his boss will, sooner or later, pick somebody else to be his running mate, Lewandowski withheld comment.