Trump’s pardon of anti-immigrant Arpaio sparks criticism, some support

Posted on: August 26th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump’s pardon of controversial former Sheriff Joe Arpaio drew widespread criticism as well as some support.

The former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, was pardoned by Trump for his conviction on criminal contempt of a federal court order that he stop detaining people based on their immigration status.

Arpaio’s long record also included housing some prisoners in an outdoor “tent city” where temperatures reached the triple digits.

Arizona’s two Republican U.S. senators and the chairman of the Texas Federation of Hispanic Republicans slammed Trump’s pardon of Arpaio, while others in the party largely remained silent on the matter into the weekend.

Here’s a look at some reaction to the pardon.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

.@POTUS‘s pardon of Joe Arpaio, who illegally profiled Latinos, undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law

— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) August 26, 2017

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.

Regarding the Arpaio pardon, I would have preferred that the President honor the judicial process and let it take its course.

— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) August 26, 2017

Artemio Temo Muniz, chair of the Texas Federation of Hispanic Republicans

Beyond disgusted, Arpaio=Amnesty now a reality. Conservatives who claim rule of law are #fakenews #gop #rnc #tcot #trump #latinogop

— Artemio Temo Muniz (@TemoMuniz) August 26, 2017

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton

“Pardoning Joe Arpaio is a slap in the face to the people of Maricopa County, especially the Latino community and those he victimized as he systematically and illegally violated their civil rights,” Stanton said.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

As millions of people in TX and LA are prepping for the hurricane, the President is using the cover of the storm to 1/

— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) August 26, 2017

Pardon a man who violated a court’s order to stop discriminating against Latinos and 2/

— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) August 26, 2017

The New York senator accused Trump of deliberately making the controversial move at a time when the nation was focused on Hurricane Harvey.

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn.

Presidential pardons should not be rewards for bad behavior and discrimination. Granting a pardon to Joe Arpaio is shameful and appalling.

— Sen. Al Franken (@SenFranken) August 26, 2017

Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz.

If @realDonaldTrump can pardon a man who so blatantly violated the Constitution, what is left to protect us?

— Raul M. Grijalva (@RepRaulGrijalva) August 26, 2017

Mexican American Legal Defense Fund

The Mexican American Legal Defense Fund, known as MALDEF, a leading Latino advocacy organization, called the pardon of Arpaio “a craven and gratuitous abuse of presidential power.”

“The Latino community will remember this Friday-night torchlight pardon — in history and at the next election,” the MALDEF statement said.

American Civil Liberties Union

“With his pardon of Arpaio, Trump has chosen lawlessness over justice, division over unity, hurt over healing. Once again, the president has acted in support of illegal, failed immigration enforcement practices that target people of color and have been struck down by the courts. His pardon of Arpaio is a presidential endorsement of racism,” said Deputy Legal Director Cecilia Wang.


Pardon of Arpaio is explicit embrace of the racist policing practices that leave communities fearful of very ppl who should protect & serve.

— NAACP (@NAACP) August 26, 2017

Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz.

I applaud @POTUS @realDonaldTrump for his pardon of @RealSheriffJoe, bringing justice to this political witch hunt:

— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) August 26, 2017

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz.

The president did the right thing — Joe Arpaio lived an honorable life serving our country, and he deserves an honorable retirement.

— Rep. Trent Franks (@RepTrentFranks) August 26, 2017

Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz.

Just received word that Sheriff Joe Arpaio won a pardon from @POTUS. The Rule of Law still stands.

— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) August 26, 2017

Kelli Ward, candidate for 2018 Arizona Republican U.S. Senate primary

Thank you, @realDonaldTrump so glad you #pardoned @RealSheriffJoe – a patriot who did the job the Feds refused to do #StopIllegalImmigration

— Dr. Kelli Ward (@kelliwardaz) August 26, 2017

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