President Donald Trump is under attack again by the left, this time for pardoning the former Maricopa County, Arizona, sheriff who was found guilty of criminal contempt after illegally targeting Latinos.
Arpaio was found to have “willfully violated” a 2011 court order barring him from detaining individuals based solely on suspicion about their legal status.
The White House announced Trump’s decision to pardon Arpaio on Friday night in a statement.
“Throughout his time as Sheriff, Arpaio continued his life’s work of protecting the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration,” the White House said.
“Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now eighty-five years old, and after more than fifty years of admirable service to our Nation, he is a worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon.”
No sooner had the pardon been announced, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) blasted the president over the pardon saying it “undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law.”
“Mr. Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt for continuing to illegally profile Latinos living in Arizona based on their perceived immigration status in violation of a judge’s orders,” McCain said in a statement.
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) August 26, 2017
It did not take long for the rest of the Dem Trump-haters to follow suit.
— Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) August 26, 2017
What a disgrace. https://t.co/L2jtcTZnRB
— Katherine Clark (@RepKClark) August 26, 2017
Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general whom Trump fired earlier this year, threw her two-cents in.
With his pardon pen, POTUS reveals his own contempt for our Constitution, our courts, and our founding principles of equality and justice.
— Sally Yates (@SallyQYates) August 26, 2017
Jeff Flake, who President Trump criticized at a rally in Arizona last week, saying he is “WEAK on borders, crime and a non-factor in Senate. He’s toxic!” reacted to the pardon as well.
Great to see that Dr. Kelli Ward is running against Flake Jeff Flake, who is WEAK on borders, crime and a non-factor in Senate. He's toxic!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017
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