Trump hints at pardon for Sheriff Joe: ‘I think he’s going to be just fine’
By Brian Seay
President Trump says former Sheriff Joe Arpaio “can feel good.” (Photo: Getty Images)
At a campaign style rally Tuesday in Phoenix, President Donald Trump hinted at the possibility that he’d pardon former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Arpaio, 85, was found guilty of criminal contempt late last month for his “flagrant disregard” of a court order that prevented him from rounding up undocumented immigrants during his time as sheriff.
At Tuesday’s rally, the president asked the crowd of supporters whether they liked Sheriff Joe. They applauded.
“So was Sheriff Joe convicted for doing his job?” Trump asked, sparking boo’s from the audience.
“He shoulda had a jury. But you know what, I’ll make a prediction: I think he’s going to be just fine,” Trump said, drawing applause.
“But I won’t do it tonight, because I don’t want to cause any controversy, is that okay?” he said. “But Sheriff Joe can feel good.”
On Twitter, the American Civil Liberties was quick to counter Trump’s assertions.
“Was Sheriff Joe convicted for doing his job?” the tweet says. “No, he was convicted for violating court order for discriminating against Latinos.”
“Was Sheriff Joe convicted for doing his job?” No, he was convicted for violating court order for discriminating against Latinos.
— ACLU National