Joe Arpaio Reminds Everyone That Trump Questioned Obama’s Birth Certificate

Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio introduced Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump Wednesday at a rally by reminding everyone that they were both vocal members of the “birther” movement that questioned President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.

Arpaio’s comment came less than a day after the real estate mogul evaded a question about whether he thought Obama was a legitimate President.

“If you recall five months ago, I introduced Donald Trump,” Arpaio said, introducing Trump as the rally in Mesa, Arizona. “At that time, I said a few things, we have something in common—the birth certificate investigation, which is still going on.”

Both Arpaio and Trump have been vocal members of the “birther” movement which claims Obama was born in Kenya. At one point, Arpaio set people to Hawaii to investigate whether Obama was really born in the U.S.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews had asked Trump after Tuesday night’s Republican presidential debate whether he was “honest when he says that Barack Obama isn’t a legitimate president.”

Trump dodged the question.

“I don’t talk about that anymore,” he eventually replied.

Watch Arpaio’s introduction:

This post has been updated.

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