The man who used to call himself "America's Toughest Sheriff" now appears to be America's most tenacious ex-sheriff. Joe Arpaio, who lost his bid for re-election in Arizona's Maricopa County in 2016 and was pardoned by President Trump the following year after being convicted of criminal contempt of court, wants his old job back. The 87-year-old Republican, who was county sheriff for 24 years, announced Sunday said he will run for sheriff next year in a bid to "Make Maricopa County Safe Again," the Arizona Republic reports. "Watch out world! We are back," he said. Arpaio said he had timed the announcement to coincide with his wife's birthday and the anniversary of Trump's pardon.
Arpaio, whose conviction was in connection with a racial profiling case, vowed to bring back his notorious "Tent City" prison and continue to enforce laws "that deal with drug trafficking, sex trafficking, and other crimes associated with the border and illegal immigration." He described the last four years as a "lost opportunity to provide the kind of tough policing this country needs." Alessandra Soler, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona called Arpaio a "racist" who should "never hold public office again," NBC reports. "When Joe Arpaio talks about 'those who break the law,' he should be referring to himself," she said. Trump "might've pardoned him, but those who had families and communities destroyed by his unlawful tactics have not." (Read more Joe Arpaio stories.)