President Trump told Fox News he is “seriously considering” a pardon for Joe Arpaio, the controversial former sheriff of Maricopa Country, Ariz. Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt last month after he was ordered to stop racially profiling Latinos in his Maricopa County office.
“I am seriously considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio,” Trump told Fox News at his Bedminster, N.J., golf club, where he had been staying during a vacation. “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.”
“Maybe I should release a second statement. More forceful & specific.”
“Pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio” pic.twitter.com/3dIhQdLmCS
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) August 14, 2017
Trump tells Fox he’s “seriously considering” pardoning ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio, convicted of ignoring a court order: https://t.co/MLJo4SW39S
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 14, 2017
Arpaio was Trump’s partner in crime on the birther investigation. He is literally living proof of Trump’s commitment to racism.
— Jesse Berney (@jesseberney) August 14, 2017
White supremacists and neo-Nazis love Joe Arpaio. A pardon from Trump would be seen as a gift to the alt-right. https://t.co/qBD4joA05Q
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) August 14, 2017
great way to show you don’t support racists: pardon guy who refused to follow court orders to stop racial profiling https://t.co/Wa924NIeLo
— Catherine Rampell (@crampell) August 14, 2017