When asked by CNN host Chris Cuomo about his chance to reinvent himself before Arizona voters amid his 2018 Senate run, Sheriff Joe Arpaio doubled down on his insistence that former President Barack Obama was not born in the United States — and claimed to have evidence.
After invoking Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” by claiming he has “too few” regrets to mention regarding his bigoted immigration enforcement record, Arpaio admitted he’d made “a few mistakes.”
“Was the birtherism a mistake?” Cuomo asked.
“Oh, now you’re bringing that up?” the pardoned former sheriff responded.
“I started this because of a fake government document,” Arpaio said of his insistence that Obama was not a true American citizen. “I didn’t care where the president came from. I didn’t care at all. We had the evidence, nobody will talk about or a look a at it. Anytime you want to come down, we’ll be glad to show you the evidence. You’re going to hear more about this.”
“You think President Obama’s birth certificate is a phony?” the host reiterated.
“No doubt about it,” the ex-sheriff responded. “We have the evidence. I‘m not going to go into all the details. It’s a phony document.”
Cuomo reminded Arpaio that “even Donald Trump says he now believes Obama was born in this country.”
“If you want to be a U.S. senator, don’t you think that people should have confidence in your judgment on something as crucial as that?” the host implored.
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Trump campaign workers ducking wearing masks over fears of mockery: ‘You get made fun of’
According to Politico, Trump campaign officials at the re-election headquarters in Arlington, Virginia are too embarrassed to follow the president's own CDC guidelines about wearing masks and practicing physical distancing — because the president himself has done so much to politicize the coronavirus pandemic.
"The campaign’s headquarters — located on the 14th floor of an Arlington, Va., office building that shares space with multiple businesses — is normally packed with dozens of staffers, often sitting in close proximity to conduct phone calls and other urgent campaign business, said three people with knowledge of its operations," wrote Dan Diamond. "But the office was shut down for its first deep cleaning in weeks after a senior campaign official tested positive for the virus. The decision to conduct the cleaning came after two months of flouting the Trump administration’s own public health guidance: There are no face coverings or temporary barriers between desks at headquarters, and leaders have limited efforts to implement social distancing."
‘I think I made a mistake’: Patient who thought pandemic was a ‘hoax’ dies after going to ‘COVID party’
According to WOAI, a patient in San Antonio, Texas in their 30s has died after going to a "COVID party" — a gathering of people who intentionally expose themselves to coronavirus to see for themselves whether the virus is real.
Per Methodist Healthcare Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jane Appleby, the patient's final words to the nurse were, "I think I made a mistake, I thought this was a hoax, but it’s not."
“It doesn’t discriminate and none of us are invincible,” warned Appleby. “I don’t want to be an alarmist and we’re just trying to share some real-world examples to help our community realize that this virus is very serious and can spread easily.”
Election experts warn of November disaster
After a presidential primary season plagued by long lines, confusion over mail-in voting and malfunctioning equipment, election experts are increasingly concerned about the resiliency of American democracy in the face of a global pandemic.
With four months until the presidential election, the litany of unresolved issues could block some voters from casting ballots and lead many citizens to distrust the outcome of one of the most pivotal races of their lifetimes.
There is widespread concern among voting activists, experts and elections officials that it will take further federal investment in local election systems, massive voter education campaigns and election administrators’ ingenuity to prevent a disaster come November.