Wednesday, 24 July, 2019

Trump defends pardon of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio

Trump defends pardon of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio Trump defends pardon of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio
Christy Curtis | 30 August, 2017, 02:55

If federal, state and/or local governments decided a law was important enough to establish - and yes, I'm giving the government the benefit of the doubt in this case - why are we sitting by as bureaucrats rewrite our laws by picking and choose what laws they shall enforce?

Some people, however, were evidently using Obama's decision to commute Manning's sentence to justify Trump's decision to pardon Arpaio, who hasn't served any jail time for his conviction of criminal contempt or expressed any remorse for his history of racial profiling.

Arpaio's office was charged with racially profiling Latinos, especially during traffic stops and ordering patrols aimed at picking up those suspected of being illegal immigrants. "He is loved in Arizona", Trump said. And he lost in a fairly close election.

"We just can't forget what they did here", Hannity concluded.

Bash said, "I don't think it was tongue in cheek, I really don't".

Speaking with the Examiner, Arpaio, said, "All I'm saying is the door is open and we'll see what happens, he told the Examiner".

A survey released last Monday found that just 21% of Arizonans supported a possible pardon for Arpaio. "So, I told that to the reporter, and he said, 'What office are you running for if you do run?' And I said, 'I don't know if I'm running for any office.' And then he says, 'Would you run against Flake?'" But I thought it would.

Arpaio ordered deputies to target residents exclusively based on their ethnicity, often detaining people without reasonable suspicion that they were violating any laws that his office was allowed to enforce. Also mentioned by Trump today - in the Bill Clinton years, Clinton's last-minute pardon of fugitive money man Marc Rich wound up launching investigations by Congress and the Justice Department.

Then you have risky criminals.

Every president makes at least one controversial pardon. "Commuted the sentence. And perhaps pardoned".

"Then you have risky criminals".

"Sheriff Joe is a patriot, Sheriff Joe loves our country", Trump said. "Sheriff Joe protected our borders", Trump said, alleging the Obama administration treated him "unbelievably unfairly" and the case cost him an election in Maricopa County, Ariz. He promised an aid package for recovery will come "very quickly", adding: "The real number, which will be many billions of dollars, will go through Congress".

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