Earlier this week, Donald Trump made headlines when he announced that he no longer believes Barack Hussein Obama was born in another country. Days later, Sheriff Joe Arpaio has revealed that he isn’t ready to let the birther controversy go just yet…
“I’m not going to give up, and we’re looking into it,” Arpaio said on Tuesday, according to Arizona Central. “I don’t know how it’s going to turn out.”
Arpaio made the comments to the Surprise Tea Party Patriots, the group that five years ago petitioned him to investigate President Barack Obama’s birth certificate. He promised the group that he will continue investigating Obama’s birthplace despite what Trump said.
“I don’t care where he’s from,” Arpaio told the crowd of about 200. “We are looking at a forged document. Period.”
“I had nothing to do with Trump on the birth certificate,” the sheriff added. “We did it on our own, because of you guys.”
Arpaio began looking into Obama’s birth certificate in 2011, when the group gathered 242 signatures on a petition asking Arpaio to investigate whether Obama’s birth document was a forgery. The investigation has been ongoing ever since.
“I know all the politicians say, ‘Sheriff, don’t talk about it,’ ” he told the crowd. “But how can I back down when we started it? I’m not going to just forget it.”
Mike Zullo, the lead investigator on the case and commander of Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse, lamented to the crowd that Trump’s statement was a “punch in the gut, because it was unexpected.” However, he then added that he thinks Trump’s comment was simply “strategic.”
“It’s not going to deter us,” Zullo said. “It’s not going to stop us. I am closer than ever.”
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