Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will be “wearing two hats” by both participating and providing security at a Donald Trump rally in Phoenix on Saturday.
“Here I’m gonna be kinda wearing two hats — in charge of the security there in the town and also participating, I would imagine, with Trump in the rally, so it makes it interesting,” Arpaio told Politico in an article published on Friday.
Arpaio said Trump’s rhetoric has been blown out of proportion.
“They always repeat little minor things, what he said in the rally ‘oh you gotta carry him out on a stretcher, blah, blah, blah.’ I just thought that when you have a rally, you’re supposed to rally people and kind of say things that are exciting,” he said.
Arpaio endorsed Trump in January. He also told Politico that it “is going to be a lot of fun taking care of business there.”
The 83-year-old sheriff said he’s well versed in the handling protesters.
“I’ve had demonstrations against me constantly,” he said. “He hasn’t had that many demonstrators compared to me.”