The very first official pardon of the Trump presidency could likely be very controversial. President Trump told Fox News that he is “seriously considering” a pardon for Arizona’s “Sheriff Joe.”
Joe Arpaio, the controversial sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, was found guilty of criminal contempt last month after he was ordered to stop racially profiling Latinos in his county seat.
Trump said to Fox News from his golf club in Bedminster, N.J, “I am seriously considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio. He has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration. He’s a great American patriot, and I hate to see what has happened to him.”
“Sheriff Joe” has been an outspoken opponent of illegal immigration and just as outspoken in his support of Trump. The former sheriff not only endorsed Trump for president but appeared with him on the campaign trail. His aggressive tactics in policing, which included pulling over Latinos that he suspected were in the country illegally, landed him in court.
Trump’s words regarding pardoning Arpaio were made on Sunday in the midst of intense criticism for not explicitly condemning white supremacists for the violence at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that caused the death of one woman and left at least 19 injured. On Monday, the president issued a more forceful statement against the hate groups saying that “racism is evil,” and naming neo-Nazis and the KKK.
What do you think about Trump’s consideration of a pardon for “Sheriff Joe?” What do you think about the timing of this?
Credit: The Hill