Former Maricopa County, Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who announced this week that he would run for Senate, said in a new interview on Wednesday that former President Barack Obama‘s birth certificate is a “forgery” and vowed to “bring it up” for investigation in Congress if elected.
“I’m going to tell you again that that document is a forgery document,” Arpaio told WABC’s Rita Cosby.”And nobody will touch it.”
“I wanted to get it to Congress so they can pass some type of law – regulation – that when somebody runs for president you ought to check their background, so this won’t happen again,” he added. “But I can’t get anybody – anybody – to even look at it.”
The Hill added:
Arpaio has long been a controversial political figure, particular for his hardline views on immigration and law enforcement. He served as Maricopa County sheriff for nearly 25 years before losing his reelection bid in 2016.
President Trump pardoned the former sheriff last year after he was convicted of ignoring a federal court’s order to stop using racial profiling in law enforcement.
Trump has himself propagated the widely-debunked conspiracy theory that Obama was not born in the U.S. and that his birth certified was fraudulent has been widely debunked for years.