Former Marciopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (R) “is hoping that” a “familiar approach of shock and awe helps accomplish exactly what his ‘hero,’” President Trump, “achieved two years ago: upending conventional wisdom, outraging liberals and destabilizing the Republican establishment. That makes the Senate primary in Arizona a particularly concentrated test not only for the Republican Party, but also for the continued viability of Trumpism as a political style.”
“At the White House, Trump has expressed interest in getting involved in the Arizona primary race, saying he could help either Arpaio or” former state Sen. Kelli Ward (R). “To date, his advisers have persuaded him to stay on the sidelines, as aides have reached out to” Rep. Martha McSally (R).
“In the meantime, Arpaio continues to spend his time, like his role model, thinking up attention-grabbing ideas.” Arpaio has floated being named Trump’s press secretary, opening an official Senate office on the border to attend to Border Patrol constituent needs, and contends falsely that President Obama’s birth certificate was forged and that he probably didn’t attend Harvard Law School. (Washington Post)