25 Overtly Racist Moments in Recent News History

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Honored to Be Compared to KKK

When: November 2007
Network: 
CNN
Analyst:
Joe Arpaio
Watch it here:
Sheriff calls KKK comparison an honor

The man called "America's Toughest Sheriff" used a little ironic racism to shake off claims that he was a bigot in 2007. Only problem: The irony doesn't scan when you're actually racist. In a CNN appearance with fellow xenophobe Lou Dobbs, Arpaio joked, "Well you know, they call you KKK. They did me. I think it's an honor. It means we're doing something." Of course, when you consider the sheriff's history of racial profiling and an interview in which he referred to undocumented immigrants as "all dirty," it's easy to see why the sarcasm didn't shine through.

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