"Trump is sure to promote Arpaio's campaign, and Republican primary candidates all over the country might follow his lead".
Political analysts were not so certain.
McSally also compared her own political style to the president, saying in her announcement video, "Like our president, I'm exhausted of PC politicians and their BS excuses". Now, it's possible that the left could see another big win in a red state with the announcement that Sheriff Joe Arpaio hopes to replace Republican Senator Jeff Flake. But he expects other candidates to come forth. "I mean, he's still a birther".
Like few others, the Arizona election is expected to showcase the feud between the Republican Party's establishment and its fiery anti-immigration wing in particular - all in a border state that features one of the nation's largest Hispanic populations. "She opposed Donald Trump as a candidate and has undermined him as president, which is why leading conservatives are rejecting McSally and are lining up behind a true reformer in Dr. Kelli Ward".
Political consultant Mike Noble with MBQF Consulting said he expects Arpaio to continue "wrapping both arms around" the controversial immigration policies that garnered his fame and self-styled claim to be "America's toughest sheriff". The president pardoned Arpaio after a conviction related to a racial-profiling case.
The Aug. 28 Republican primary has the potential to be a proxy war between the national GOP factions represented by Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and former White House strategist Steve Bannon.
Although Noble said the announcement will make for an interesting primary, McLeod called it "bad news when a repeat offender who has broken the law and held in contempt of court is back again".
Former lawman and declared Wednesday he is "not gonna back down" President Barack Obama's birth certificate is a fake.
"There should be no sanctuary for anyone breaking our laws and harming our people", said McSally, wearing a military flight suit as she faced dozens of supporters in a Tucson airport hangar.
Securing the USA border and figuring out how to normalize the status of "the 10 million to 15 million undocumented immigrants" already here - "who, let's be honest, will not and should not be forcibly removed" - are the two biggest challenges, they add, and "when prioritizing the immigration problems we face, the case of 200,000 Salvadorans who accepted our invitation to live and work here legally would not even make a Top 10 list". She reportedly told congressional colleagues last fall that she planned to make the bid after Flake announced in October that he wouldn't run for re-election. When asked if he would support Arpaio, Flake said, "No, no, no, no, not at all ... that's not our best foot forward as Republicans". Arpaio's entry could hurt her chances. But the race itself should be interesting, he said Tuesday. "It's exciting and confounding all at the same time".