Trump Pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Joe Arpaio, also known as” America’s Toughest Sheriff” was pardoned by President Trump yesterday, amid a backlash of criticism and controversy. Arpaio known for his harsh stance on immigration responded to the presidents pardon saying, “He has been is a big supporter, I know the pardon came from his heart. I am really happy with all the support I have received across the nation and pardon or no pardon I will still be with him.” The reaction to the pardon has been swift, with conservatives and liberals alike condemning it. The ACLU tweeted, “With his pardon of Arpaio, President Trump has chosen lawlessness over justice, division over unity, hurt over healing.”  While conservatives like John McCain said  “No one is above the law and the individuals entrusted with the privilege of being sworn law officers should always seek to be beyond reproach in their commitment to fairly enforcing the laws they swore to uphold.”  Even House Speaker Paul Ryan issued a statement from his spokesman Doug Andres stating “The speaker does not agree with this decision,”. Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt by a federal judge in Arizona and faced a possible 6 months in jail and fine. Arpaio is not new to controversy. He has faced other federal and state lawsuits.


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