Joe Arpaio tells George Lopez to 'go back to his homeland.'
Bill Goodykoontz, 08/09/2019
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That would be Los Angeles, by the way

Some people will do anything for attention.

In an obvious ploy to appeal to backers of President Donald Trump, former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio went after comedian George Lopez on Instagram Friday — yes, Arpaio has an Instagram account — saying in part that Lopez should “go back to his homeland.”

That would be the United States; Lopez was born in Los Angeles.

No matter. To those to whom this kind of thing appeals, facts are fluid — alternate, you might say. And if you doubt whether Arpaio is slavishly latching onto Trump’s coattails, doubt no more: He mentions Trump in his post.

“George Lopez to perform in PHX Saturday. Previously on national TV he made vicious attacks against me for several minutes. I invited him to meet face to face several times, he refused, NO GUTS.

“Lopez said if President Trump wins the 2016 election ‘we will all go back.’ Once again Lopez is full of garbage, and should keep his promise and go back to his homeland.”

To repeat: LOPEZ IS FROM LOS ANGELES.

Arpaio later responded on Instagram.

"There was a report done on my post about George Lopez today. More fake news. Of course they did not do research. In the video clip on all of my other social media. Lopez clearly says we will go back. I know he was born in LA. But his family is from Mexico and clearly why he said they will go back. Google the headline you will find the false article. Some of your great comments did make the article as well. They are the only true thing in the article."

Note that Arpaio uses "fake news" — where have we heard that term before? And if he knew Lopez was from LA, why not say so in the first place? Where Lopez goes back to becomes silly. Telling him to leave is the problem.

Truly, it reeks of desperation. And racism — there’s just no other way to describe it.

But not everyone agrees with that assessment. Immediately, people began offering support in the comments on Arpaio’s Instagram feed.

“He’s a joke … too chicken(expletive) to leave our country.”

Never mind that it’s his country, too.

“Refuse to watch or listen to him again.”

I’m sure Lopez, who will be at Wild Horse Pass, will manage to get by.

“Show him the way, Joe.”

You mean show him the way, Donald, right? Because that’s where all this starts.

“Send her back,” of course, was the cry heard at a Trump rally last month. The crowd was screaming about Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., one of the congresswomen Trump has repeatedly targeted on Twitter and elsewhere. Trump didn’t lead the cheers, but he did nothing to quiet them, either.

At a Trump rally Thursday night, there were no “send her back” chants.

So here comes Arpaio to pick up the slack.

The two have a history. Trump pardoned Arpaio in August 2017 of his criminal contempt of court conviction. They have spoken glowingly of each other — not surprising, as some of Trump’s more in-your-face tactics Arpaio had already tested out in Arizona.

So maybe Arpaio is returning the favor.

Arpaio, 87, has hinted at another possible run for office. So maybe that’s what’s behind the publicity grab.

Too bad, if that's the case. There have to be better ways of garnering support. If there aren’t, we’re the ones who lose.

So far, Lopez hasn't responded on his social media.

VIDEO: George Lopez vs. Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Mitt Romney (The Young Turks)

Joe Arpaio tells George Lopez to 'go back to his homeland.'

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