Jewish groups condemn Trump’s pardon of Joe Arpaio

Joe Arpaio listening as Donald Trump, then a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, speaks to the press prior to a rally in Marshalltown, Iowa, Jan. 26, 2016.


The White House announced the Arpaio’s pardon on Friday night.

Arpaio, 85, was sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona for 24 years, losing a reelection bid in November 2016. He was found guilty in a Justice Department investigation for racially profiling Latinos and convicted on July 31 of criminal contempt for disobeying a federal judge’s order on detaining individuals suspected of being in the U.S. illegally.

At the time of the pardon he had not yet been sentenced, but had faced up to six months in jail.

“President Trump’s pardon of Sheriff Arpaio is shameful,” said American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris in a statement. “It undermines our judicial system and, ignoring the rule of law, endorses the egregious maltreatment and racial profiling of individuals in our country. Public humiliation of detainees was an Arpaio specialty.”

Arpaio proudly compared his open-air tent city jails for suspected illegal immigrants to concentration camps, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

“President Trump’s pardon of Joe Arpaio defies explanation and flies in the face of American values. We stand today with the Latino community, who have been the primary targets of Arpaio’s bigotry and feel the president’s decision to pardon him particularly acutely,” Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL CEO, said in a statement.

“This pardon leads us to question where President Trump stands on the rule of law. Arpaio willfully defied a court order for racially profiling Latinos and now is getting away with it – a very dangerous precedent. The pardon will foster divisions in our country at a time when we need healing. No doubt anti-immigrant extremists will celebrate this decision, but it is a sad day for Americans who care about justice, equality and strengthening our social fabric,” he said.

“Throughout his time as Sheriff, Arpaio continued his life’s work of protecting the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration,” the White House statement said.

Trump also tweeted an announcement of the pardon: “I am pleased to inform you that I have just granted a full Pardon to 85 year old American patriot Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He kept Arizona safe!”

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  1. Arpaio took a stand against the alien invasion of America.. funded by the Jew Soros…
    … He was railroaded as punishment for DARING to go against the fast moving trend of dismantling the nation….

    I am shocked that there are so many people posting here that are either just not very well read on this topic… or are totally brainwashed by the “organs”.. media press-ti-tites.. of the same people who are slaughtering the Palestinians…..
    They clearly “hate” Arpaio… for reasons that have been TOLD to them by the press-ti-tutes.. which are not truly reasons at all.

    What a pity… I don’t care for The Donald, so I have to say that pardoning Joe Arpaio may be the BEST act of his entire rather disorganized and ego maniacal presidential stint.

  2. As to the misery felt by Jews regarding the Presidential pardon of Sheriff Arpaio, don’t mind me, as I indulge in a bit of shadenfreude. Smile.

  3. “Hey Joe, if you are looking for gainful employment we (Jews) could use a man with your experience to help us corral these pesky Palestinians in Gaza. We’ll talk more about this later. Right now I’m busy shutting their water off”.

  4. Funny, these same hypocrites are deafeningly silent about unspeakable inhumane treatment of Palestinians and theft of their lands by Israel half way around the world. Has the cat got their tongues on this human obscenity by their blood brothers and sisters in Israel who also did 9/11 with the aid of Bush and Cheney and some of the traitorous four star generals now retired on lavish pensions instead of sitting in jail cells where they belong.

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