Joe Arpaio, Richard Malley, Robert Crooks, Harry Hughes and Rusty Childress' New Nativist Group "Remember 1986"
After a hiatus from public life, Childress re-emerged this year with this new group of the same dozen or so die-hard Mexican-haters who have been active in the Valley for years.
Remember 1986 has held a couple of demonstrations in recent months, one outside the Phoenix office of U.S. Senator John McCain, with recalled, disgraced former state Senate President Russell Pearce in attendance.
That protest was disrupted by local anarchists, which is pretty funny, considering that Pearce likes to label anyone who disagrees with his noxious nativism as an "open borders anarchist."
Another Remember 1986 demonstration took place near Gila Bend where the natvists all camped outside together in the 110-degree heat.
One of those participating was Crooks, who actually ended up getting more time on camera during the Channel 5 segment than anyone else associated with this crew, including Childress.
National socialist Harry Hughes, a former compadre of infamous Arizona neo-Nazi and mass murderer J.T. Ready, also took part in the Remember 1986 camp-out.
Hughes actually mentions his participation in the event on his blog "Just another day..." I called him and he told me that he did indeed hook up with the nativists that weekend,
"To be honest, I was kind of surprised they let me in," he confided. "Barb Heller was there, and she wasn't exactly a big fan of JT's."
Heller is a grizzled nativist biker chick and an obsessed fan of Sheriff Joe. She once featured a pic of herself on her FB page in a halter top, with the words "Go Joe" written on her wrinkled cleavage.
(Interestingly, Childress' old group United for a Sovereign America was also a lodestone for extremists, such as Ready, and old-time neo-Nazi Elton Hall, who participated in U.S.A meetings and demonstrations.)
Hughes is acquainted with Crooks, and there are photos of Crooks and Hughes on the former's FB page, while on patrol together in the desert.
I'll say one thing for Hughes over the run-of-the-mill nativist: At least he's not a hypocrite. And he's far more civil.
Nativists such as Childress share many of the same views as Hughes, but they try to hide it.
Brandy Barron, part of the Rusty Childress crowd and a huge Arpaio supporter, tells you what she really thinks around 4:26 in
However, as videographer Dennis Gilman has documented over and over again, when riled, the nativists can't help but express an inner bloodthirstiness.
This nativist daisy-chain has been fertilized abundantly by Sheriff Joe.
The incident involving Malley allegedly pointing his AR at an MCSO deputy is a perfect example of blowback, an unintended consequence of Arpaio's turn to the hard right on immigration circa 2005/2006.
In 2005 Arpaio actually criticized vigilante Patrick Haab for holding a group of illegal aliens at gunpoint.
Then County Attorney Andy Thomas, who was disbarred in 2012, declined to pursue charges against Haab and became an instant celeb among the nativists.
That's when a bulb went on in Arpaio's desiccated noggin.
A bulb that, alas, burns still.