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Crowds protest Joe Arpaio's visit to Douglas County

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Published: Feb. 18, 2018 at 11:40 PM PST
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More than 50 people protested former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio’s visit to Douglas County February 18, 2018.

Arpaio was the keynote speaker for the annual Lincoln Reagan Dinner and fundraiser hosted by the Douglas County Republican Central Committee.

"Bringing him here reflects poorly on our community, it reflects that we support a racist, misogynist, horrible man. I am here to say that we stand with immigrants, we stand with minorities against hate and bigotry," said Ann Keasling, demonstrator.

As cameras were not allowed inside the GOP event, KOLO was not afforded the chance to talk to Arpaio supporters.

Arpaio served as Maricopa County Sheriff from 1993 to 2016. He was convicted of criminal contempt after ignoring a federal judge who had ordered him to stop holding illegal immigrants who had no other offenses pending against them. President Trump pardoned him in August 2017.

He is running for a US Senate seat from Arizona.