Breitbart Turns Its Back On Joe Arpaio, Backs Kelli Ward

Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaking with supporters of Donald Trump at a campaign rally at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona in 2016 (Flickr/Gage Skidmore)

After years of Breitbart fawning over Joe Arpaio, the infamous former sheriff pardoned by Trump after he was convicted of violating a court order on racial profiling, the site’s top editor has decided not to support Arpaio’s run for Senate.

Breitbart applauded Trump for pardoning Arpaio after he was convicted of criminal contempt of court, and Breitbart writers have applauded Arpaio’s hardline stance against undocumented immigrants and praise for President Trump. But this morning on “Breitbart News Daily,” Breitbart editor-in-chief Alex Marlow hosted Kelli Ward, who is running in the primary against Arpaio, and argued that Breitbart readers should support her instead because she is the “better candidate.”

“The latest polls we have at Breitbart News show you with a pretty strong lead over the establishment candidate Martha McSally and also Sheriff Joe, who is sort of more of a single-issue guy, older guy, who has a lot of fans in the Breitbart ethos but I don’t think necessarily a lot of voter support,” Marlow said.

He added later, “It’s kind of a funny race because I have a lot of affection for Sheriff Joe but I would prefer that you win the race.”

Marlow went on to recall times he voted for Republican candidates that he didn’t like, but said this situation was different.

“Every once in a while, you do get one where you actually like a candidate on the ballot but you won’t support them because you think there’s a better candidate. So, it does happen. It is a bit of a—what would be the expression—once in a blue moon situation, but blue moons do occur,” he said.