Donald Trump Pardons Racist Sheriff
Donald Trump wasted no time in issuing a presidential pardon for friend/racist former sheriff Joe Arpaio who been mostly consistent with locking up people of the Hispanic community. Arpaio had previously been ordered by a judge to discontinue his unlawful practices , when it was discovered that the former sheriff had been illegally detaining people for efforts of deportation. Although Joe Arpaio disregarded the order from the judge, he continued to make unlawful arrest and violate the civil rights of the community he swore to protect and serve.
Arpaio was convicted on July, 31st 2007 by a US District judge who ruled that , Mr. Arpaio knowingly broke the law and used his position within law enforcement to continue his illegal activity. Donald Trump obviously felt another way about the situation , because at one of his rallies in Arizona , President Trump made it very clear – ” Arpaio has nothing to worry about”.
The White House just released a statement today confirming that Donald Trump has made a decision to Pardon the former Sheriff of his crimes, without even bothering to consult with the Justice Department.
I am pleased to inform you that I have just granted a full Pardon to 85 year old American patriot Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He kept Arizona safe!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2017
By pardoning Arpaio, the President has once again sided with division and discrimination. This is a disgrace.
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) August 26, 2017
It’s not like Arpaio did anything offensive. Just racial profiling and detaining people strictly on the suspicion they were illegals. Gross
— Bryan Behar (@bryanbehar) August 26, 2017
Pardoning Arpaio is the latest instance of how @realDonaldTrump‘s words and actions empower racists and white supremacists.
— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) August 26, 2017