Surprise! Arpaio is Clueless About the First Amendment

I know this will come as a huge shock to you all. Fascist Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio has no clue whatsoever what the First Amendment means. He says that those who are criticizing his birther buddy Donald Trump are violating his First Amendment rights.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio defended his fellow anti-immigrant birther Donald Trump last week, saying that Trump didn’t mean “to say anything derogatory” about “all the great people from Mexico” when he said of Mexican immigrants, “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists.”…

“Well, first of all, I thought we had freedom of speech in this country, and he’s running for president, he has a right to voice his opinion,” Arpaio said. “He did talk about the birth certificate in the past, I’ve been working on that. So, I don’t know, I guess you’ve got to be politically correct when you run for office. But once again, I don’t believe he meant to say anything derogatory about all the people, all the great people from Mexico.”

Dear Mr. Arpaio —

Let me explain this as politely as I can. No, screw that. Listen to me, you fucking moron. Donald Trump is being criticized, which has nothing whatsoever to do with his First Amendment rights. In fact, by your own “reasoning” you are violating the First Amendment rights of Trump’s critics by criticizing them. No wonder you have so consistently violated the Constitution since you’ve been in office, you don’t have a fucking clue what it means.

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  • llewelly

    I want to see Arpaio join Trump on the campaign trail.

  • Mr Ed

    “Well, first of all, I thought we had freedom of speech in this country, and he’s running for president, he has a right to voice his opinion,” Arpaio said.

    This from a man who has launched investigations and brought bogus felony charges against people who have criticised him.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Trump-Arpaio 2016!

  • blf

    I assume that be near a truDonald speech and not carrying a confederate flag or swastika (and preferably both), or a carrying a USA flag with a gold trim, or not screaming support for truDonald, is not only a violation of truDonald’s “freedom of speech”, but also disorderly conduct, assaulting a police officer, and bearing facts without a license. All fines collected will be donated to truDonald.

    (For feck’s sake, the Internet here in France, or at least the bits through which I am being routed, have gone totally flaky. I was without a stable connection for at least the past week, and whilst it seems to have been Ok today, the connection to the States and FtB keeps dropping… So this is being posted during a rare moment of uptime without Preview, sorry!)

  • John Hinkle

    I guess he’s right. Trump didn’t mean to say something that he said, which would also explain why he doesn’t have to apologize for not meaning something.

  • carpenterman

    Modusoperandi @3:

    When “Trump-Arpaio 2016!” appears in my dreams tonight I wake up screaming so loudly that my neighbors call the police, I’m going to blame you.

  • Hoosier X

    Many conservatives believe that free speech rights end as soon as the conservative is done talking.

    They also seem to think it is not politically correct to point this out to them.

    And pointing out how politically correct they are much of the time is also not politically correct.

  • sugarfrosted

    “Someone is doing the raping.” That’s Arpaio’s officers.

  • peggin

    When someone holds the position that Freedom of Religion means “I have the freedom to force you to live according to the dictate of my religion, but you don’t have any freedom at all” it’s not that much of a stretch for them to decide that Freedom of Speech means “I have the freedom to say anything I want, no matter how ridiculous or offensive, and regardless of whether or not it’s true, but you don’t have the freedom to criticize me for it.”

  • maddog1129

    Joe Arpaio says:

    I don’t believe he meant to say anything derogatory about all the people, all the great people from Mexico.

    You mean all those great and wonderful people from Mexico that Arpaio has been racially profiling and targeting for deportation or imprisonment since forever?

  • footface

    I know the content of Trump’s comments is irrelevant to the matter of First Amendment protections, but… Are we meant to believe Trump was complimenting Mexican immigrants when he said they were diseased rapists? I think it sounds a wee bit derogatory. Just a bit.

  • dan4

    On a more minor point, Arpaio also doesn’t seem to know what an “opinion” is, since “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists…” is ostensibly a factual claim. It’s not an “opinion.”

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    “He did talk about the birth certificate in the past, I’ve been working on that.”

    Yeah, how’s that one going? Have the past 7 years of pointless conspiracy mongering and wastage of public resources yielded anything yet? Maybe another posse starring Steven Seagal will do it.

  • StevoR

    “Well, first of all, I thought we had freedom of speech in this country, (1) and he’s running for president, (2) he has a right to voice his opinion,” (3) Arpaio said. “He did talk about the birth certificate in the past, (4) I’ve been working on that. (5) So, I don’t know, (6) I guess you’ve got to be politically correct when you run for office. (7) But once again, (8) I don’t believe he meant to say anything derogatory (9) about all the people, all the great people from Mexico.(10)” -Arpiao talking about Trump.

    What a string of non-sequiteurs here! (numbers added for convenience of reference below.)

    (1) Yes – and so? Unquestionably the case that USA has freedom of speech but highly questionable how he’s used it to whip up hatred for political gain.

    (2) He is is he? I never woulda guessed! /sarc.

    (3) Er, you just said that! Tautology /repetition duly noted. See (1)

    (4) That birther shit doesn’t follow or really have anything to do with the case for / against Trump here which is about his comments on Latinos. If anything it hurts your case by pointing out how stupid some of the things Trump has previously argued for are and how wrong he’s been in the past. Or present even – Trump still a birther I take it?

    (5) What Area Man said above. If you are still working on that then maybe its time you admitted you got it totally wrong and gave up. Or do you mean you’re trying to fake something up now or what?

    (6) Huzzah! The one true statement in the speech! Yes, it is indeed clear that you don’t know. Nor does Trump it seems.

    (7) Depends which party you’re running for -also on how you define PC anyhow. What do you mean by that Arpaio exactly?

    (8) Erm .. isn’t this the *first* time you’ve said that? Here in this interview anyhow? Whats the antonym of tautology / repetition?

    (9) Trump didn’t mean it to be derogatory? To call them rapists and drug traffickers and all that shit was just some sort of bizarre fraudian slip? Seriously? There’s a nice non-derogatory way for Latinos to interpret Trumps comments is there and that would be what and how can we know that sense is the one we should take Trump as meaning? (Black adder might just conceivably be able to pull that off somehow – Arpaio or Trump, not-so-much.)

    (10) So you / Trump really like the mexicans and think their great people who do all the evil shit Trump said they do and you’re backing him and ..wait ..really? I guess you could be saying all the mexicans are great people except for the ones that do all the evil raping, etc .. that you accused them of but then .. that’s NOT what you’ve actually said or even really implied except most obliquely. Also begs the following challenge for Arpaio and Trump to name all their favourite mexicans and why they think they are so great and actually, y’know say some nice things about mexican culture, etc .. if they can. (& if they could then why say such hateful shit so prominently beforehand especially when you want their votes come election time?)

    Plus, what s the actual substance of the “defence” argument Arpaio makes here and what does he use to support it? Trump just didn’t mean anything derogatory in his comments because .. ?? as ??? shows somehow – but he has the freedom to speak derogatarily and un=PC anyhow! (Which isn’t inquestionor helpful oreven relevant really.

  • StevoR

    Black adder might just conceivably be able to pull that off somehow …

    Based on this clip and episode :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krgUVduKFL4

    Sadly not including his explanation for the words “great booze-up!” which follows afterwards most comically entertainingly.

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