Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the first person pardoned by President Donald Trump, told Newsmax TV Thursday he's pleased with the president's decision to pardon ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
"(Trump) pardoned me and I appreciate that," Arpaio told Newsmax TV's "National Report." "I was with him from day one. He is my hero."
And with Flynn, Trump did the right thing by pardoning him.
"I've been with the general in the campaign," said Arpaio. "He's a patriot and he deserved it."
Arpaio, who was known as America's toughest sheriff, also commented on Joe Biden's immigration plan, saying he's a "little concerned" that there could be an "open border situation" coming.
"(Trump) did a great job," he said. "I hope he stays president."
The battle on immigration was "tough," said the former sheriff.
"I was deeply involved and arrested thousands and thousands coming across the border illegally," said Arpaio, adding that Trump's push for a wall is important, not only to fight against illegal immigration, but to keep drugs from coming across the border from Mexico.
"I have to praise the president not only for the wall, but his great relationship with the new president of Mexico," said Arpaio.
The former sheriff also discussed his new book, "An American Legend: The Fascinating And Untold True Life Story of America's Most Beloved Crime Fighter," which details the political acts that were taken against him and about his life before and after being sheriff.
"It gets into the judicial system, where activist judges went after me," said Arpaio. "I do have some type of relationship with the Steele report because the characters are the actors that were after me too, so it's going to be an interesting book...it's a book I don't hide anything (in), including how the Republicans are turned against our president."
Arpaio said he still keeps "very active" and that he has a book signing coming up in Tombstone, Ariz., which is his "favorite town because Wyatt Earp, he's in my book, he came from Tombstone ... I'm on the road, doing what I feel is right, and I'm having a great time doing it."
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