As we hinted earlier in the week, in a late breaking announcement on Friday evening the White House released statement on the official pardon for Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
The statement lauded Joe’s career as one that “exemplifies selfless public service” for more than 50 years, both in the military and in law enforcement.
Joe was convicted of contempt of court after refusing to cease his program of detaining suspected illegal aliens in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Predictably the left is apoplectic in outrage over what they view as further confirmation of a racist president who just gave a get out of jail free card to a man who ‘targeted Hispanics’.
The short version of the left’s argument goes something like this: after Charlottesville, Trump hates blacks; after Joe’s pardon, Trump hates Hispanics.
Here’s more from Breitbart…
President Donald Trump pardoned Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Friday evening, citing his record of service to his country.
“Arpaio’s life and career, which began at the age of 18 when he enlisted in the military after the outbreak of the Korean War, exemplifies selfless public service,” read a statement from the White House.
The Arizona sheriff, now 85-years-old, is considered a hero among supporters of immigration enforcement. Arpaio served in the Army before becoming a police officer in Washington DC and Las Vegas and a special agent in the DEA. He became the Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona in 1992.
“After more than fifty years of admirable service to our Nation, he is worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon,” the statement concluded.
Arpaio was convicted in July 2017 for violating a federal judge’s order to not detain suspected illegal immigrants. He faced up to six months in jail for the conviction and possible fines.
Arpaio endorsed Donald Trump for president in January 2016, as he was campaigning against primary challengers in Iowa.
“I have fought on the front lines to prevent illegal immigration,” Arpaio said when he endorsed Trump. “I know Donald Trump will stand with me and countless Americans to secure our border.”