During Donald Trump’s campaign, Joe Arpaio joked about how much the two had in common. In the end the president prized loyalty over legal procedure

In early August, the 85-year-old Arizona lawman once known around the world as “America’s toughest sheriff” sat in his lonely private office, trying to puzzle out how to get his dire predicament noticed by his friend, president Donald Trump.

Former Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio, who policed Arizona’s most populous county from 1993 to 2016 with theatrical stunts that included rounding up hapless Mexican immigrants, housing inmates in tent jails and forcing them to wear pink boxer shorts, was in trouble.

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