Trump Hints He Will Pardon Controversial Sheriff, Bashes Media at Arizona Rally

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President Donald Trump hinted strongly Tuesday night that he would grant a presidential pardon to recently convicted former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio during a Phoenix campaign rally.

“I’ll make a prediction,” Trump after invoking Arpaio’s name to thunderous applause. “I think he’s going to be just fine. I won’t do it tonight because I don’t want to cause any controversy, but Sheriff Joe can feel good.”

Arpaio, the tough-talking law enforcement official who took a hard line against illegal immigration, was recently convicted of defying a court order to stop detaining suspected undocumented immigrants. A federal judge in 2013 ruled his police department racially profiled Latinos and ordered the sheriff to cease the practice.

Trump questioned the ruling, asking rhetorically: “Was Sheriff Joe convicted for doing this job?”

Trump in recent weeks has reportedly considered pardoning Arpaio, a move critics decried as an endorsement of racism. News of the potential pardon comes amid turmoil afflicting Trump’s administration after he defended white nationalists who rallied in Charlottesville, Va. in defense of Confederate statues. The weekend of protest ended fatally, after a white supremacist plowed into a crowd of counter-protestors.

Tuesday’s rally included an introduction by Vice President Mike Pence. Pence, in his address, touched on themes of unity and patriotism. “When we are united, there’s nothing we can’t accomplish together.”

He added: “When we open our hearts to patriotism, there’s no room for prejudice.”

Trump began his remarks reading from a teleprompter, similarly touching on nationalist themes. “Loyalty to our nation requires loyalty to each other,” Trump said as he read from prepared text, at times ad-libbing in between lines.

Eventually Trump began speaking extemporaneously, demonizing the news media as “sick people” and “dishonest.” He said reporters “don’t like our country” and warned that the news media is “trying to take way our history and our heritage.”

Tuesday’s stream-of-consciousness address by Trump stood in stark contrast to his scripted remarks Monday night on the decision to keep American troops in Afghanistan. By the time he came on stage and rallied supporters, protestors had spent hours outside of the convention center, some carrying signs calling for Trump’s impeachment.

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  1. Les Mahoney says:

    Arpaio violated the constitution, which makes him Trump’s buddy–because Trump seems not to care about the constitution he swore to uphold, either.

  2. And He’s done it! This is a loud and clear message to everyone loyal to Trump that he has your back no matter what, even if what you are doing is illegal.

  3. Sally Shears says:

    He’s right to bash the media. If you want an example of how pathetic they are, go look at the travesty of an obituary for Jerry Lewis posted on this very website.

  4. 1Ronald says:

    Why not? Joe was always respected, always tried to do what was right, for the people of Arizona. Stopping the deluge of freeloaders who had nothing to provide and was only and always on the receiving end and there for themselves and only themselves.

    • SalULloyd says:

      Hey mouthbreather, so are they freeloading or taking your lousy job??? Make up you blanking mind!

    • The Truth says:

      The only people who always respected Joe Arpaio are his fellow world class bigots, Donald Trump prime among them. You don’t solve our immigration problems by detaining people just because they look Latino. That’s unlawful and un-American.

      • Sally Shears says:

        You’re complaining about being unlawful while thinking criminals should stay in this country? Why is it okay to be bigoted if you’re a certain color or sit in the democratic party? Barack Obama could talk down to certain religions, and thats okay? Your hypocrisy is showing.

  5. cowgirldiva says:

    In order to remain a sovereign nation, we must have borders..! This is just a no brainer…!! People who want to come into the country, must come legally…!! We are a sovereign nation of laws and these laws must be followed in order to remain sovereign..!!

    • SalULloyd says:

      Hey neckkk: Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Under Fire For Mishandled Sex-Crime Cases…/arizona-sheriff-joe-arpaio-under-fire-for-mishandled-sex-crime-cases
      Dec 8, 2011 – Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio discusses the latest in the document release on his office’s handling of many sexual assault cases over the …

    • The Truth says:

      While there’s no question that prospective immigrants should abide by the legal process, that does not justify Joe Arpaio’s unlawfully prejudicial policing practices. Assuming without probable cause that any Latino is a likely illegal immigrant is just plain wrong. Arpaio’s bigotry is the antithesis of American patriotism, but it’s not surprising that a draft-dodging, fake patriot, world class bigot like Trump would pardon him.

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