Trump Pardons Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Friday night, President Trump extended a presidential pardon to former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, now 85.
“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…After more than fifty years of admirable service to our Nation, he is worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon.” White House Statement
The President has been hinting for weeks that he was planning to pardon Arpaio. The Sheriff had been re-elected time and time again by his constituents.
But his loss in the last campaign occurred because of groups allied with liberals that launched a propaganda campaign against him. They will paint this move as “favors” returned for his endorsement of Donald Trump during the campaign.
“Sheriff Joe,” as he has been known for years, was a 6 term Arizona Sheriff. He was tough on illegal immigration, snapping up illegals whenever he could. We wrote about his conviction here:
But along came the Obama administration, who targeted the tough Sheriff as a ‘racist,’ and placed a court order against him, demanding that he stop arresting illegals. He ignored it and went about his business of arresting them anyway.
Because he ignored the court order, he was convicted of Criminal Contempt. “America’s Toughest Sheriff” became a criminal.
Joe Arpaio is a sort of folk hero to some. The man who made his prisoners wear pink and live in tents and do chain gangs wasn’t the monster that liberals believe.
He was an Army veteran prior to becoming a police officer. He worked in Washington DC and Las Vegas, eventually becoming a DEA agent. He was elected as Sheriff of Maricopa County in 1992.
Arpaio is not now and never has been a “racist.” The tag placed on him by leftists exists only because he enforced the law, and believes that America deserves better than to be overrun by illegal immigrants.