GOP Senate Candidate Joe Arpaio Gave 5 Interviews To Anti-Semitic Publication
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Arpaio of Arizona has reportedly given at least five interviews since 2014 to a publication that pushes anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.
Arpaio, a former Maricopa County sheriff and convicted felon pardoned by President Donald Trump, told The Arizona Republic that he was unfamiliar with anti-Semitic stories on the “American Free Press” website:
I’m not going to criticize the news media like you. I can’t believe another news outlet is criticizing a newspaper.
Arpaio’s most recent interview with the “American Free Press” appeared on Jan. 21, notes The Arizona Republic.
Arpaio said “it was a good interview” with Mark Anderson, the “roving editor” of “American Free Press”:
He’s written some good stories, especially on my situation. I think he wrote one a little while back that was very honest. I can’t say that for other publications.
CNN has described Anderson as “a prominent Bilderberg conspiracy theorist who believes a secretive group of the world’s most powerful leaders constitute a de facto one-world government that orchestrates world events.”
Arpaio suggested there was no difference between the fringe “American Free Press” and The Arizona Republic and Phoenix New Times:
I talk to all media, so what am I supposed to do? Investigate every media outlet to see what stories they write? I don’t do that. You know that, I talk to all reporters, all publications.
Anti-Defamation League described the “American Free Press” as “an anti-Semitic and conspiracy-oriented newspaper published by longtime white supremacist Willis Carto” in 2013.
The Southern Poverty Law Center called the “American Free Press” an “anti-Semitic weekly” in 2010.
Arpaio claimed he has never read a print version of the “American Free Press” and doesn’t have a computer to read it online:
If I turned down everybody that writes stories I didn’t agree with, I probably wouldn’t be talking to anybody. I can’t believe this, how one journalist’s organization would criticize another one when we have free speech in this country.
After The Arizona republic reported about Arpaio and the interviews, he suddenly changed his tune on Twitter:
It was brought to my attention I gave interview to publication that supports antisemitism; I was unaware and don’t support that view point
— Sheriff Joe Arpaio (@RealSheriffJoe) February 1, 2018