Trump Might Pardon Birther Posse Sheriff Arpaio

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Former Maricopa County birther posse sheriff Joe Arpaio was recently convicted for criminal contempt of federal court for refusing to obey a court order to halt his anti-immigrant patrols that relied on racial profiling.

Apraio himself seemingly requested a pardon from Trump last week and Trump now says he's considering it.

“I am seriously considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio,” Trump said Sunday in an interview with Fox News from his Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he is on a working vacation.

Trump told Fox News he could issue the pardon - his first as president - in the next few days, if he decides to do so.

I don't know if he'll actually do this, but he does have the power to do it. The president's power to pardon federal offenders is nearly absolute.

With that said, I don't know how he could possibly justify it and doing so would probably not sit well with the federal judiciary. Trump's advisers should and probably are advising him against it, but we know he rarely listens to anyone but the talking heads on Fox News.

It's also possible Trump will forget about this by tomorrow. He still hasn't followed through on, well, virtually anything except mass deportation. Perhaps that's a hint that he will pardon Arpaio. Institutional racism is the only thing holding the Trump regime together.

  • ninjaf

    Plus, it keeps him in good with his “base” when he has to pay lip service to calling out white nationalism.

  • muselet

    Unless some new shiny object crosses his visual field in the next couple of days, Donald Trump will pardon Joe Arpaio.

    As for justifying it, Trump will issue (by which I mean, of course, tweet) a statement about how the judge in this case was biased against Arpayaso (“Judge htaes Law Inforsment! Sad!”). Whether Trump goes on to hire Arpayaso as Deputy Director of the FBI or something is an open question.


  • Aynwrong

    Trump has promoted and benefited from white supremacy from the moment he entered the political arena. Which was not in 2015, it was in 2011 with Birtherisim with the assistance of the so called “liberal media” and a spineless and venal GOP looking the other way thusly giving him permission.

    There is a direct line beginning with Trump’s campaign, running through Trump’s presidency and leading directly to the riots in Charlottesville and ultimately to the murder of Heather Heyer. He’s responsible!

  • Victor the Crab

    Wouldn’t surprise me if he did it. I called it awhile ago that Drumph would pardon Arpaio. Because fat racist shit have to stick together.

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