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Disgraced sheriff Joe Arpaio welcomes furry convention, says he’s “partial to dogs”

2020’s not finished with us yet, folx!

Racist, xenophobic, antigay former Maricopa County, Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio says he had no idea what he was talking about when he recorded a welcome message for the furry convention to his state.

“Good luck organizing the Arizona furry convention, which is for animal lovers,” Arpaio said in the video. “As far as what animal I’d like to be, I’m kind of partial to dogs, but I love all animals.”

Except that the furry convention is not for animal lovers. At least not the kind Arpaio was talking about. It’s a fetish subculture for people who are into dressing up as anthropomorphized animals, usually for sexual gratification.

88-year-old Arpaio told the Arizona Republic afterwards that he wasn’t aware of what goes on at furry conventions and that he only agreed to record the video because he’s “a big animal lover.”

“I get these requests all the time–people wanting me to say happy birthday, this and that,” he said. “I think I’ve gotten over 240 already. With my popularity, I could charge $1,000 for each one, but I only charge $30.”

“I responded to the animal situation because I want people not to abuse their animals,” he added.

Here’s how people responded to Arpaio’s furry convention message…

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