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Sheriff Joe Arpaio Ambushed Jane Sanders, And Bernie Just Fired Back

Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio has long been known to engage in racial profiling, houses inmates in outdoor “tent city” facilities, and even serves spoiled food to those who are unfortunate enough to have to spend any time in his custody. So it’s not surprising that this racist asshat of a worm has enthusiastically endorsed Donald Trump for President in 2016.

Earlier this week, Jane Sanders, the wife of Democratic Presidential contender Bernie Sanders visited one of Arpaio’s tent prisons, and she later said she was absolutely appalled by what she saw there. Arpaio took offense and wound up in an argument with Mrs. Sanders, telling her she could not hope to understand why he feels the need to what he does.

When this information reached the Senator from Vermont, he was said to be enraged that Arpaio had “ambushed” his wife, and he fired back last night at a campaign event, telling supporters:

“She asked him about racial profiling, and he didn’t have an answer. She asked him about conditions in Tent City and other abuses that he has perpetuated, and he didn’t have an answer. You know what, he cannot have an answer, because what he is doing is un-American and uncivilized.

“If elected president, we are going to pass comprehensive immigration reform and a path toward citizenship, whether Mr. Arpaio likes it or not.”

And Senator Sanders had a very pointed warning for Joe Arpaio, and, by extension, Donald Trump:

“It’s easy for bullies like Sheriff Arpaio to pick on people who have no power. If I am elected president — the President of the United States does have power. So watch out, Joe.”

That’s the kind of rhetoric we need more of in this campaign. We all need to be taking on the bullies and putting them in their place, no matter how much energy or effort it takes.

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Elizabeth Warren Speaks Truth To Power: Every Law Protects ‘The Tender Fannies Of The Rich And Powerful’

When it comes to the Democrat who most consistently says the things that need to be said about what’s wrong with this country and what needs to be done to fix it, no one comes close to Senator Elizabeth Warren.

The Senator from Massachusetts once again spoke truth to power last night on “The Daily Show.” While discussing what’s wrong with Washington, why things never seem to get accomplished, and why it seems the only the rich and powerful are prospering in the United States, Warren told Jon Stewart:

“The problem we’ve got is that there is so much money flowing into Washington, so much power (and) so many lobbyists, that it becomes the norm. I want to say it this way: The wind only blows from one direction – it only blows from the direction of those who have money.”

How true that is! We need more Democrats saying things like this each and every day, with every opportunity they have. Warren continued:

“Powerful corporations (and) rich people have figured out that if you can bend the government to help you just a little bit, it’s a tremendous payoff, and if you can bend it to help you just a little bit more and a little bit more, the playing field just gets more and more tilted, and the rich and the powerful just do better and better.”

This is exactly what the average American voter wants to hear: the truth. The truth that indicts those who are profiting at the expense of everyone else. Let the GOP call it “class warfare,” but they have absolutely no defense against this kind of honest assessment of what is happening in the United States.

Warren, however, was not quite finished, and she ended the interview with this salvo:

“They’ve invested in Washington in a million other ways. The lobbyists are there every day, every meeting that occurs. They’re there in the regulatory agencies, they’re all over the town to make sure that the tender fannies of the rich and the powerful are always carefully protected — in every rule that’s written, every conversation, in every discussion.”

That, my friends, is the kind of language that wins elections by landslides. It is what we have all been hungering for, because it is truthful, real, and it speaks to what we all know is happening in our country.

Hillary Clinton and any other Democrats who decide to run would be wise to take this page out of the Warren playbook and use it against the Republicans.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.