President Donald Trump’s?pardon of former Maricopa C0unty, Arizona, sheriff Joe Arpaio received some mixed reactions on Friday night, but?lawmakers and civil-rights advocates largely condemned the move.Arpaio, a staunch Trump supporter and compatriot in Trump’s yearslong and fruitless quest to disprove President Barack Obama’s citizenship, was found guilty last month of criminal contempt for violating the terms of a 2011 court order in a racial profiling case.
He lost a re-election bid last year. The 85-year-old lawman thanked Trump for the pardon and lauded him for “standing by law enforcement.”
Here’s what other people are saying about Trump’s pardon of Arpaio
Sen. John McCain of Arizona: Trump “undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law” with the Arpaio pardon.
Sen. John McCain said in a statement on Friday:
“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. 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. The President has the authority to make this pardon, but doing so at this time undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law as Mr. Arpaio has shown no remorse for his actions.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: A “mockery of rule of law.”
Trump’s “pardon of fellow birther Arpaio makes mockery of rule of law, & says communities of color can be targeted & abused w/ total impunity,” Pelosi?said
Jeff Flake, the junior Arizona senator, said Trump should have let “the judicial process … take its course.”
Flake?wrote on Twitter: “Regarding the Arpaio pardon, I would have preferred that the President honor the judicial process and let it take its course.”
Jeff Flake’s primary challenger Kelli Ward applauded Trump and called Arpaio’s actions as sheriff “heroic.”
Kelli Ward said on Friday: “We applaud the President for exercising his pardon authority to counter the assault on Sheriff Arpaio’s heroic efforts to enforce the nation’s immigration laws.”
Gallego?said: “By pardoning Joe Arpaio, Donald Trump has blessed Arpaio’s racist and unconstitutional police practices.?Trump’s pardon of Arpaio is unconscionable and unworthy of the White House.?This is Trump’s first pardon of a crony. Will it be his last?”
Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates: Trump just revealed “his own contempt for our Constitution.”
Sally Yates, who briefly served as deputy US attorney general after Trump’s inauguration,?said Friday: “With his pardon pen, POTUS reveals his own contempt for our Constitution, our courts, and our founding principles of equality and justice.”
Schumer?said: “As millions of people in TX and LA are prepping for the hurricane, the President is using the cover of the storm to pardon a man who violated a court’s order to stop discriminating against Latinos and nan courageous transgender men and women from serving our nation’s Armed Forces.?So sad, so weak.”
“Instead of seeking to unify the country as promised, POTUS?has doubled down on encouraging white supremacists post-Charlottesville.?Joe Arpaio ignored the courts and the rule of law in order to systematically target Latinos in AZ. The definition of racism and bigotry.”
Vanita Gupta, head of the Leadership Conference of Civil and Human Rights: Trump has “yet again damaged himself.”
Read?Gupta’s full statement?below:
WASHINGTON ??Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement after President Donald Trump issued a pardon for Sheriff Joe Arpaio:
?Instead of a dog whistle, President Trump picked up a bull horn and let out a hateful shout tonight when he pardoned someone who personifies the same bigotry and intolerance we witnessed in Charlottesville. For more than two decades, Sheriff Arpaio terrorized and profiled Arizona?s Latino citizens, was finally voted out of office, and was convicted for failing to follow a court order to cease his unlawful, racist policing.
The white supremacists, Neo-Nazis, and others the president excused heard his endorsement of racist and illegal policing policies loud and clear yet again. Trump has, yet again, damaged himself, the rule of law, and our country tonight. This pardon sends a dangerous message that a law enforcement officer who abused his position of power and defied a court order can simply be excused by a president who himself clearly does not respect the law.?
Murphy?said: “The Arpaio pardon is basically a big middle finger to America. A loud, proud declaration that this Administration supports racism.”
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse: “He does not deserve a pardon.”
“Arpaio systemically discriminated against AZ Latinos in defiance of our Constitution and ignored our courts,” Democratic Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse?said on Friday. “He does not deserve a pardon.”
“Now is a time to bind the wounds left by white nationalists? repugnant attacks in Charlottesville. Instead, President Trump has again doubled down on the side of ignorance, bigotry, intolerance, and hate.”
California Rep. Nanette Barragan said the pardon is “sending the message it is OK to racially profile.”
Barragan, who represents California’s 44th Congressional District,?said?the Arpaio pardon is “sending the message it is OK to racially profile and?defy a court order because?the president?will come and save you.”
The American Civil Liberties Union said the pardon is a “presidential endorsement of racism.”
Read?the ACLU’s full statement?below:
“President Trump has pardoned former Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona, who was found guilty of criminal contempt for deliberately violating a federal court order that prohibited illegal detentions based only on suspicions about immigration status.
The ruling stems from an initial lawsuit brought by Latino residents of Maricopa who successfully challenged Arpaio?s policies of racial profiling and illegal detentions. The plaintiff class was represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and partner organizations. Arpaio repeatedly flouted court orders in that civil rights case, leading to both civil and criminal contempt rulings against him.
ACLU Deputy Legal Director Cecillia Wang said:
‘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.'”
Longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone: “Eat it, liberals!”
Roger Stone indicated?he?saw the pardon as a political move.
Rep. Joe Kennedy of Massachusetts: “Nobody is above the law. Period.”
Kennedy, who represents Massachusetts’ 4th Congressional District?said:?”Nobody is above the law, period. Tonight,?@POTUS?put bigotry before justice.”
California Secretary of State Alex Padilla: “Another attack on American values.”
Read Padilla’s full statement on the Arpaio pardon below:
SACRAMENTO ??California Secretary of State Alex Padilla released the following statement in response to President Trump’s pardon of former Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio:
“As if his abhorrent behavior wasn’t enough regarding Charlottesville, today Trump doubled down on his endorsement of racism in America.
Mr. Trump’s pardoning of Joe Arpaio is another attack on American values and makes a mockery of our justice system. Joe Arpaio is a convicted felon who openly promoted racial profiling and discrimination against American citizens who are Latina and Latino.
This pardon further divides our nation, fuels bigotry and undermines the rule of law. How long will our legislative leaders in Washington stand by and do nothing?”