Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who’s running for U.S. Senate in following his pardon by President Donald Trump, says he can’t say if late senator and Vietnam War legend John McCain is a hero.

But, adds Arpaio, Trump is a hero for sure.

In an interview Tuesday with , Arpaio was asked if considered McCain, a war hero who died over the weekend following a long battle with brain cancer, to be a patriot.

"Yes," Arpaio responded.

"A hero?" Hunt followed up.

"That’s hard for me to answer. Because I never had a hero in my life until several months ago when I woke up after 75 years, and I found my hero," Arpaio answered.

"You know who that person is? Donald Trump."

He served as the 36th of for 24 years, from 1993 to 2017.

Arpaio, 86, served as s of Maricopa County from 1993 to 2017, when he was convicted of criminal for refusing to stop detaining suspected illegal immigrants. He was later pardoned by Trump.

, Arpaio is facing two-term Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) and former state senator Kelli Ward in the race to replace retiring Sen. Jeff Flake.