(PHOENIX) — Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., responded to George Lopez’s profanity-filled tirade against him by telling the comedian to come meet with him.
“Get some guts, come down here and meet me face to face. Let’s see how you act then,” Arpaio, known as “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” told ABC affiliate KNXV.
Lopez has no comment regarding Arpaio’s invitation, according to his publicist.
Lopez’s attack on Arpaio was part of the comedian’s It’s Not Me, It’s You standup comedy special on HBO Saturday night. The rant came after Lopez joked that Mitt Romney is Latino, but won’t admit it. Lopez’s comments regarding Arpaio lasted for about two minutes and included profanities in English and Spanish to a cheering crowd.
Arpaio, 80, is known for his outspoken opinions on illegal immigration and his investigation into President Obama’s eligibility to be president.
“I was surprised at the language. It was pretty nasty,” Arpaio told ABC affiliate KNXV.
“What is he, the spokesman for the open border people?” Arpaio told KNXV. “See, I can be funny too. Now let’s see if he has the guts to meet me, and I’ll be happy to take him to a Mexican lunch.”
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