Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who got served by a federal judge recently for his office's racially discriminatory crime sweeps, brushed off criticism Thursday by arguing that he is a victim of age discrimination.
Arpaio, who turns 81 next week, slammed his detractors in an interview with KSAV TV for calling his suitability for office into question on the basis of his age.
"I get very angry at people out there throwing my age out now," Arpaio said of his critics. "Last resort they have to throw my age out there and that's disgusting."
The sheriff promises that he will indeed run for office again, but on a platform very different from illegal immigration.
"It's an insult to all senior citizens, to criticize and make fun of someone's age," Arpaio said. "I've been a poster boy for illegal immigration. I'm gonna be a poster boy this time around for all the senior citizens out there with discrimination against them."