Jane Sanders, wife of Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, stopped by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Tent City Monday afternoon, probably to attempt to stir up trouble for one of our favorite conservative sheriffs. But things didn’t go as she planned after someone else decided to meet her there.
Sanders said she wanted to get a “firsthand” look at how things operated in the controversial compound.
While walking along the edge of the fence she ran into none other than Sheriff Arpaio, who was ready and willing to give her a tour of how things worked in the area, according to KTVK.
“My main mission here is to let you get a taste of Tent City,” Arpaio said.
Arpaio and Sanders walked inside Tent City and discussed how the facility operates. Sanders expressed concern that many of the inmates had not yet been convicted of any crime, but Arpaio was quick to set her straight.
“They’re all convicted, so no pre-conviction,” the sheriff said. “Nope, that’s why I like talk to you to get my side out.”
Sanders was also concerned that inmates were in the compound for being undocumented, to which Arpaio set her straight again.
“Undocumented inmates are not here for that reason,” he told her. “They’re here for other crimes.”
Sanders, a critic of Tent City and the conditions in which inmates live there, spoke with several inmates to get more of a “firsthand” account of things. One inmate told her the facility allowed him to cut the amount of his sentence in half because he is a member of a work detail.
Luis Delatore, a Tent City inmate, said he considered being there a plus.
“That’s a benefit so I mean instead of the nine months that I am doing, I am going to do four months,” he said.
No matter how you look at it, Sheriff Joe was ready to meet with Sanders and help her see “firsthand” how Tent City operates. On his Twitter account, he said he was also ready to give Sanders’ rival, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, a tour of the facility.
Jane Sanders came to tents jail, so I invited her inside so I could defend my tent policy. Now waiting for Hillary. pic.twitter.com/bQfvWQ1nhN
— Joe Arpaio (@RealSheriffJoe) March 15, 2016
That’s one sheriff who knows how to handle his critics.
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