Based on all of the evidence, I cannot in good faith report to you these documents are authentic, Arpaio said at a press conference. Investigators believe that the long-form birth certificate was manufactured electronically and that it did not originate in the paper format as presented by the White House.
Arpaio, who turns 80 this year, has been in the past accused of racial profiling, improper policing tactics and abuse of power.
The digital world did not react with much empathy to Arpaio's announcement. Here are a few of the best reactions culled from Twitter in the moments after Arpaio's announcement.
Dear Media: Do you ever tire of being played by the likes of Joe Arpaio and Sarah Palin? Didn't think so.
— Herman Cain's Hat (@HermanCainsHat) March 1, 2012
BREAKING: Sheriff Joe Arpaio's investigation has determined that King Joffrey is Robert Baratheon's legitimate heir. — Andy Daglas (@AndyDaglas) March 1, 2012
Sheriff Joe #Arpaiobelieves Obama's birth certificate is a forgery, but he is completely convinced that Donald Trump's hair is real.
— The Wall Street Bull (@TheWallStBull) March 1, 2012
Sheriff Joe Arpaio says Obama birth certificate is fake. He's working on this because all of the crime in Maricopa County is solved. — pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) March 1, 2012
do you think Joe Arpaio knows the majority of the country thinks he's just a racist piece of sht?
— idkidm (@idkidm) March 1, 2012
Joe Arpaio is more interested in Obama's birth certificate than solving sex crimes because goddammit America, freedom must be protected. — Zachary Smith (@VertiLego) March 1, 2012
— GottaLaff (@GottaLaff) February 27, 2012
Joe Arpaio is proof that ours is a society that does not discriminate against Conspiracy-Theorist-Americans. — Glen Allen Walken (@GlenAllenWalken) March 1, 2012
@MacandGaydos About time you guys see the real Joe Arpaio. Yes, he is purposely creating a conflict of interest like he did with Grant Woods
— FuckTheTeaParty (@SaberGato) March 1, 2012
Sheriff Joe Arpaio, you're much like @SarahPalinUsa in that neither of you are relevant.You're both a laughing stock.
— Navy Mom (@USNavyMom08) March 1, 2012
Sheriff Joe Arpaio announces formation of Tea Party Detectives Club. Join today! -crackerjack decoder ring included- — Freefall (@freefall_mc) March 1, 2012