Many of President Trump‘s enemies were just waiting for him to announce his decision to pardon former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio so they could pounce with self-righteous and baseless attacks.
Trump had hinted at the impending pardon of the controversial Mariciopa County Sheriff earlier in the week at a rally in Phoenix but made his announcement during a busy news night as attention was focused on a category 4 hurricane aimed at Texas.
I am pleased to inform you that I have just granted a full Pardon to 85 year old American patriot Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He kept Arizona safe!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2017
Both of Arizona’s senators slammed the president for his decision.
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
Republican Sen. John McCain blasted Trump with a blunt statement claiming the pardon “undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law.”
MCCAIN: Arpaio Pardon “undermines (POTUS’) claim for the respect of rule of law as Mr. Arpaio has shown no remorse for his actions.” pic.twitter.com/9tNklMWYbi
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) August 26, 2017
Others on Twitter could not contain their shock and disappointment, with liberal members of the media and left-wing organizations unloading on Trump for pardoning the sheriff who was convicted last month of criminal contempt when he ignored a court order to stop detaining suspected undocumented immigrants.
By pardoning Sheriff Arpaio, Trump has again made clear he will use the powers of the presidency to defend racism and discrimination.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) August 26, 2017
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
Sheriff Arpaio discriminated against Latinos, violated the Constitution and was found guilty of racial profiling. Now Trump sides with him.
— JORGE RAMOS (@jorgeramosnews) August 26, 2017
Bill Clinton’s pardon of Marc Rich stunk to high heaven. Donald Trump’s pardon of Joe Arpaio stinks even more.
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) August 26, 2017
There can be few people in America less deserving of a pardon than Joe Arpaio, so of course Trump pardons him because ha ha LOL civic norms.
— Jeff B/DDHQ (@EsotericCD) August 26, 2017
Sen. Patrick Leahy REAX To #Arpaio Pardon: “It is disheartening that the President set the bar so very low for his first pardon. (1 of 6)
— Sen. Patrick Leahy (@SenatorLeahy) August 26, 2017
No coincidence Gorka resigns and Arpaio gets pardoned same night. The base was not going to like the 1st. So he threw them a bone on 2nd.
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) August 26, 2017
With his pardon of Arpaio, President Trump has chosen lawlessness over justice, division over unity, hurt over healing.
— ACLU National (@ACLU) August 26, 2017
Not surprisingly, there was little vocal support in Hollywood.
Today’s headline: Trump pardons Arpaio.
Tomorrow’s headline: Pence pardons Trump.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 26, 2017
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) August 26, 2017
But also Trump shamelessly pardoned Arpaio.
Bit from column A, bit from column B.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) August 26, 2017
Pardon Cosby next. He kept America amused. Then pardon Manson. He wrote some good songs. Then OJ. He got a lot of yards https://t.co/24l6dLPk0q
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) August 26, 2017
A Disgusting Racist Disgrace. https://t.co/wT2cPrsBeu
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) August 26, 2017
But while the critics were loud and whiny in their shocked responses, there were plenty of others who celebrated, like Arizona Senator Jeff Flake’s Republican primary opponent, Kelli Ward.
— Dr. Kelli Ward (@kelliwardaz) August 26, 2017
Thrilled on Sheriff Joe. Great man doing America’s work. Finally a worthy presidential pardon!
— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) August 26, 2017
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Thank you, sir. Arpaio did the job necessary when politicians wouldn’t let the Feds do it. Another win for rule of law.
— Bradley Nickell (@CrimeAuthor) August 26, 2017
Sheriff Arpaio’s attorney: “This pardon is a sanity check. The president is righting a great wrong here.”
— Madison Gesiotto (@madisongesiotto) August 26, 2017
Exactly. The pardon is not extraordinary. The conviction was.
— TheSteve (@TheSteve12) August 26, 2017
So happy for our beloved Sheriff pic.twitter.com/UBhZp5g8jj
— Ex-Dem??Latina (@terrymendozer) August 26, 2017
I agree with the Pardon! Sheriff Joe was doing his job following the immigration laws. Would be nice if you did too…
— Mr & Mrs Bridge (@Patches1880) August 26, 2017
Sheriff Joe was doing his duty as he was SWORN to do. A liberal corrupt judge didn’t like it.
— Chris Monti (@ToxicExplodley) August 26, 2017
Maricopa County in AZ gave Trump the most votes of any county. They also voted Arpaio sheriff for 24 years. They know he kept them safe.
— ImNamedJames (@ImNamedJames) August 26, 2017
Obama pardoned a fucking traitor and you all cheered.
Please spare us your outrage over Trump offering a pardon to Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
— KP (@krisp__y) August 26, 2017
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) August 26, 2017
I love Sheriff Joe. He’s a good man. And was a great Sheriff. Really happy our POTUS did the right thing bc Obama admin did wrong.
— Ren Covfefe??? (@reneeepona) August 26, 2017
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