PHOENIX (AP) – Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has formally endorsed Republican businessman Donald Trump for president.
Trump’s campaign announced the endorsement from the self-proclaimed “America’s toughest sheriff” on Tuesday.
Arpaio appeared at two Trump rallies in metropolitan Phoenix last year, so the endorsement wasn’t a surprise. He introduced the GOP candidate to cheering crowds.
Trump and Arpaio are both outspoken proponents of increased border security.
Arpaio political power in Arizona has taken a hit in the past year as he’s battled a potential contempt of court finding by a federal judge. The judge is considering whether Arpaio’s violations of a 2011 order in a racial profiling lawsuit merit a civil contempt finding, fines and a broader court-ordered overhaul of his office.
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