Republicans in suburban St. Louis County have invited former Sheriff Joe Arpaio to speak at their Lincoln-Reagan Days dinner in March.
It’s a big mistake. We’re pretty confident Arpaio won’t say anything worth hearing.
Arpaio’s disregard for the rights of criminal suspects in his custody was legendary. He was a horrible public official, credibly and repeatedly accused of mismanagement, corruption and abuse of power.
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And, of course, “Sheriff Joe” became the national symbol of improper anti-immigration enforcement, which got him in trouble with the law.
All of this is bad enough. But the St. Louis County GOP wants Arpaio to speak at a dinner named for Ronald Reagan and Abraham Lincoln.
Joe Arpaio is a prefect symbol of what’s wrong and hypocritical about this wing of the modern GOP. Republicans who want to know why they’re losing the suburbs should take a look at St. Louis County.