Trump Pardons Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Trump Pardons Sheriff Joe Arpaioā€¯

President Donald Trump on Friday pardoned Joe Arpaio, former sheriff of Maricopa County, AZ. The speech struck a noticeably different tone than the remarks Trump gave the previous night at a rally in Phoenix, Arizona.

"I think he'll be just fine".

In his first act of presidential clemency, Trump pardoned the deeply divisive 85-year-old Arpaio, who ignored a federal court order that he stop detaining illegal migrants.

Since then, the White House has reportedly started putting together the paperwork for the pardon. It argues that Arpaio should not be sent to prison for "enforcing the law" and "working to keep people safe".

'Thank you @realDonaldTrump for seeing my conviction for what it is: a political witch hunt by holdovers in the Obama justice department!' he tweeted on Friday.

But Trump's decision to pardon Arpaio was met with much disappointment.

Hannity told Arpaio that he felt "relieved" for him and "applauded" Trump, saying it was "the right thing to do".

In the 17 months following the judge's order in 2011, over 170 illegal immigrants had been arrested and handed over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He was scheduled for sentencing in early October and faced up to six months in jail.

Arpaio served as Sheriff for Arizona's Maricopa County from 1993 to 2016 and was regularly re-elected with heavily majorities until his departure a year ago.

In 2015, The Phoenix New Times found that the suicide rate in Arpaio's jails was 24 percent, well above the average at other county jails.

On "The Five" tonight, Ed Henry said this move may "shock" and "horrify" some lawmakers on Capitol Hill, but Trump supporters are going to "love" it. "His expertise and understanding of the challenges we continue to face today will go a long way in sparking rich discussion and advancing meaningful debates across campus".

For years, the Texas congressman continued, Arpaio "targeted and harassed Hispanics in Arizona", oftentimes forcing people who appeared Latino to show them their identification in spite of courts ordering him not to.

He famously made prisoners wear pink underwear and handcuffs, reinstated chain gangs for men, women and juveniles, and cut out lunches.

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