During a recent deposition as part of a racial profiling lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Arpaio’s Chief Deputy David Hendershott came to his boss’ defense and claimed that the racial profiling allegations being waged against him are false. According to Hendershott, the lawsuit is part of a conspiracy theory that goes all the way up from the attorney questioning him, David Bodney, to the Obama administration:
BODNEY: Do you believe there is an organized conspiracy to muzzle Sheriff Joe Arpaio?
BODENY: Who is leading this conspiracy?
HENDERSHOTT: Well, I don’t know…it has become clear that you, Bill Straus, Phil Gordon, members of the Anti-Defamation League, and your firm is extremely political. And you have a political agenda. And the association with the Obama administration. And so that is uh, we have caught the federal government…
BODNEY: Whose association with the Obama administration?
HENDERSHOTT: Janet Napolitano.
This isn’t the first rumor of a conspiracy theory to come out of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Arpaio has often stated that his federally-granted power to enforce immigration law on the streets of Phoenix was stripped because the Obama administration is out to get him and has “a political axe to grind over immigration policy.” However, back in November, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Janet Napolitano explained that Arpaio was simply “unwilling to accept” the new standards that the administration was implementing in an attempt to prioritize the removal of dangerous undocumented immigrants.
During his own deposition testimony, Arpaio admitted to not reading his own book and blamed the references to the wingnut reconquista conspiracy theory contained in it on his co-author.