ThinkProgress filed this report from the Tea Party Patriots Policy Summit in Phoenix, AZ.
In December, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) lashed out at Arizona’s SB1070 law, a law that allows police to racially profile people they believe to be in the country without documentation. During a speech criticizing the law, the Denver Post reported that “Bush said if his children walked the streets of Phoenix they might look awfully suspicious to police.” Bush’s wife was born in Mexico and his children are Hispanic. At the Tea Party summit, we asked Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the sheriff responsible for the Phoenix area (Maricopa County) about Bush’s remarks. A staunch supporter of SB1070, Arpaio was dumbfounded. Arpaio said he was a “campaign guy” for George W. Bush, so Jeb should have spoke to him first before commenting on the law. He then said he’s “gotta educate” Jeb on SB1070:
FANG: What do you think about Jeb Bush? He said he’d be afraid for his sons to be coming to Maricopa County, that they would be racially profiled.
ARPAIO: What? Who said that?
FANG: Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida.
KEYES: His wife is Mexican.
ARPIAO: So what? My daughter in law is Hispanic, what’s that got to do with it? You mean, because I was a campaign guy for George W. here, a good friend of mine, and you’re saying Jeb said he’s afraid to come to Maricopa County? [...] Jeb doesn’t understand the law. Why doesn’t he call, why doesn’t he talk to me? [...] Why would he talk to me?
FANG: Well you’re America’s sheriff.
ARPIAO: The world’s sheriff. [...] So he really said that? We gotta educate him. We gotta educate that. I don’t know, you probably misquote him.
Also during the interview, Arpiao fully endorsed State Sen. Russell Pearce’s (R-AZ) effort to pass a new law the Wonk Room’s Andrea Nill has referred to as “SB1070 on steroids.”