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Joe Arpaio says he can read Trump's mind, and vice versa

In this life, if you're lucky enough, you find someone who just gets you, and for disgraced former sheriff turned Arizona Republican Senate candidate Joe Arpaio, that someone is President Trump.

"I can read his mind without even talking to him," Arpaio told The Washington Post's Michael Scherer. "I think he may be reading mine. Is there something that goes through the airwaves? Mental telepathy?" The spooky similarities don't stop there — they share a birthday (June 14) and Arpaio's ringtone, Frank Sinatra's "My Way," is the same song Trump chose for his first dance with first lady Melania Trump at his inauguration.

Arpaio, 85, and Trump became close after Arpaio appeared at a Trump rally in July 2015. He's called Trump — who pardoned Arpaio after he was convicted of criminal contempt of court – his "hero," and said he's running for Senate because the president "needs help." If the whole becoming a senator thing doesn't work out, Arpaio told the Post he thinks Trump should make him press secretary. "That would be a great combination, what a great combination," he said. "I'll have all those reporters eating out of my hand, you know that."

Arpaio was proud of how he cracked down on illegal immigration, and said he thinks people from Florida and Chicago should move to Arizona because it won't be "flooded here like L.A. and other places with minorities." While at a Subway with Scherer, Arpaio noted that his sandwich was being made by three white employees, and later in the car, he declared that it used to be that when you'd go into certain establishments, "about 99 percent" of employees were undocumented, but thanks to him, "you can go into Subway and these places and see young college kids working for the tuition, you know, the American kids." When asked, Arpaio admitted that it's possible those employees could have been undocumented Europeans. Read the entire jaw-dropping interview at The Washington Post.