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Donald Trump Scores Another Big Endorsement From a Controversial Figure

January 26, 2016, 8:29 PM UTC
Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump announces his tax plan during a press conference at Trump Tower in New York on September 28, 2015. AFP PHOTO/DOMINICK REUTER (Photo credit should read DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)
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Earlier Tuesday, Donald Trump was endorsed by evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr., possibly helping to shore up his support among evangelicals. Now he has yet another conservative celebrity on his side, as Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz. announced his support for the New York businessman.

Arpaio is expected to join Trump for a rally on Tuesday, reports Bloomberg.

The New York Times reports Arpaio said the following in a statement released by the campaign:

Donald Trump is a leader. He produces results and is ready to get tough in order to protect American jobs and families. I have fought on the front lines to prevent illegal immigration and I know Donald Trump will stand with me, and countless Americans to secure our border. I am proud to support him as the best candidate for President of the United States of America.

This endorsement should come as no surprise. Arpaio has become famous for his tough stance on illegal immigration and his controversial tactics with prisoners. Trump has based nearly all of his campaign around combating illegal immigration and has established himself as the law and order candidate.

Along with Arpaio and Falwell, Trump was endorsed last week by Sarah Palin, giving him the trifecta of right-wing favorites.