Earlier this week, I reported on President Donald Trump’s rally in Arizona where he said he was considering a government shutdown if he does not get the funding for the border wall, which was part of his campaign promises.
At the time, Trump hinted that he would be pardoning former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was recently convicted of contempt of court for ignoring a judicial order to halt his immigration patrols.
“Do the people in this room like Sheriff Joe Arpaio? So was Sheriff Joe convicted for doing his job?” Trump asked.
“He should have had a jury, but you know what, I’ll make a prediction, I think he’ll be just fine, OK?” he said before adding, “But I won’t do it tonight, because I don’t want to cause any controversy, is that OK? But Sheriff Joe can feel good.”
Well, on Friday evening, President Trump made good on his statements and pardoned Sheriff Arpaio.
“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,” read a statement from the White House.
“After serving in the Army, Arpaio became a police officer in Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas, NV and later served as a Special Agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), formerly the Bureau of Narcotics,” the statement continued. “After 25 years of admirable service, Arpaio went on to lead the DEA’s branch in Arizona.”
The statement commended Arpaio’s “life’s work of protecting the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration.”
“Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now eighty-five years old, and after more than fifty years of admirable service to our Nation, he is a worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon,” the statement concluded.
Arpaio was awaiting sentencing at a hearing in October.
I more than agree with the pardon.
The question now is, will President Trump actually look at Arpaio’s evidence and pursue justice regarding the usurpation of the White House by the imposter known as Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Sobarkah, or will that get swept under the rug?