Good old Sheriff Babeu, popping up like a bad penny in the middle of the border crisis and debate.
You might remember Babeu from the 2012 election when Senator John McCain defended him after it came to light that he strong-armed his ex-boyfriend with deportation if he didn't promise to keep mum about their relationship. Then there was his 2011 claim that he had to protect the border from hordes of imaginary terrorists rushing to cross the border.
Or maybe he comes to mind as the dangerous wingnut who thought it was a terrific idea to alert his anti-immigration protester pals about the bus route a group of migrant Central American children was going to take so they could meet the kids at the bus to shout "Invaders!" at them.
After his daring coup, he took to the airwaves to pound his chest a little. CNN's Carol Costello spent the majority of the interview looking like my pug waiting for a treat, but she did manage to push back on him a little bit, particularly when he claimed he was "forced" to reveal the children's location because he didn't get the full briefing from the Feds about "what kind of people were on the bus."
That makes no sense, and Costello came back on him about it. Raw Story:
“But again, no law was being broken,” Costello reminded him. “And it’s your job to enforce the law, and to find a peaceful way to do that. Right?”
“What about the laws enforced on you and on me and every other citizen?” Babeu shot back. “But when it comes to immigration, there is no law! There is no consequences.”
“Well, there is a law,” Costello noted. “And I’m not arguing if the law should be tweaked or changed, but there is a law. And these kids, they have a right to a hearing. They’re being stopped at the border, they’re being detained, but they have a right to this hearing.”
I'm still rolling my eyes about his expectation that he be notified about "what kind of people" were on the bus. Last time I looked, people were people. You'd think a guy who was forced out of the closet because of conservative judgmental Republican religious idiots might leave some prejudice at the door, but apparently that's all part of Babeu's wingnut appeal.