In between Hurricane Harvey busywork photo ops and wishing fearful Texans lots of luck, Donald Trump managed to make good on his long-threatened promise to pardon former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was found guilty of contempt for ignoring a judge's order to stop racial profiling.
The White House released the following statement Friday night after Trump was safely curled up for the weekend at Camp David (via email from The White House):
President Trump Pardons Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Today, President Donald J. Trump granted a Presidential pardon to Joe Arpaio, former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. 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, exemplify selfless public service. 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. After 25 years of admirable service, Arpaio went on to lead the DEA’s branch in Arizona.
In 1992, the problems facing his community pulled Arpaio out of retirement to return to law enforcement. He ran and won a campaign to become Sheriff of Maricopa County. Throughout his time as Sheriff, Arpaio continued his 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 worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon.
Trump forgot to say what a “fine person” Arpaio is, but we all heard him loud and clear.