Trump Administration Considering Joe Arpaio for FBI Director

Joe Arpaio (Gage Skidmore)

By Jamal Whiteman

Trump officials have met with former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to consider him for the FBI director post. Last week President Donald Trump fired James Comey after he wouldn’t drop the investigation into Russia’s involvement with the 2016 presidential election.

Arpaio was recently dethroned after almost 20 years in office. His reign was marked by publicity stunts such as making jail inmates sleep in tents and wear pink underwear. However, Maricopa County residents finally tired of Arpaio’s corruption and scandal-ridden department and voted him out of office in November. Arpaio has also faced several racial profiling lawsuits from the Department of Justice for targeting Hispanics.

However, by considering Arpaio for the top FBI post it wouldn’t be the first time Trump selected a person to head a department they were directly opposed to. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has never taught or served in a public school.

Right Wing Watch also reported the Trump administration is considering Curtis Ellis, a former writer with right-wing conspiracy site World Net Daily, to head the Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs.

Ellis is a xenophobe who believes there is a global plot to marginalize white people.

“Ellis has written in the past that Democrats are trying to literally exterminate white workers as part of ‘the radical left’s ethnic cleansing of America,’ likened Democratic policies to those of Pol Pot, and compared Barack Obama’s economic agenda to Joseph Stalin’s liquidation of the kulak,” said Right Wing Watch’s Brian Tashman.

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