Every president pardons people. Just because someone goes to jail doesn’t mean they are throwing away garbage. People can reform so it’s good that some get pardoned as a chance to start over. After all, Obama let criminals out of Gitmo, Clinton pardons Marc Rich and convicted fugitive.
On Friday night Trump tweeted his decision to pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted by a judge who ruled he had willfully violated a 2011 injunction barring his officers from stopping and detaining Latino motorists solely on the suspicion that they were in the country illegally.
Almost immediately, Arizona Sen. John McCain posted a tweet saying the move “undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law.”
Not long after Sen. McCain showed his disagreement with Trump’s decision House Speaker Paul Ryan Speaker joined Sen. McCain and criticized President Trump’s pardoning of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
He didn’t have much to say about Obama pardoning all those drug dealers and releasing that spy from prison. But they sure object to a pardon for a Marine veteran and veteran lawman who was defending his country.
On Saturday, Doug Andres, a spokesman for Ryan said: “The speaker does not agree with this decision. Law enforcement officials have a special responsibility to respect the rights of everyone in the United States. We should not allow anyone to believe that responsibility is diminished by this pardon.”
He added: “Law-enforcement officials have a special responsibility to respect the rights of everyone in the United States. We should not allow anyone to believe that responsibility is diminished by this pardon.
Actually, this is exactly what the Presidential Pardon was envisioned for. The Founding Fathers understood extremely well that politics makes a hero of villains or a villain of a hero depending on what you believe.
Arpaio did something he believed needed to be done due to the inability of proper immigration enforcement by Federal authorities. When a judge ruled his pro-active policies a form of discrimination, no one can doubt the judge had his own leanings when making the ruling. So Trump did the only reasonable thing by pardoning him. It was the same with Ford’s pardon of Nixon, Carter’s pardon of draft dodgers, or Obama’s pardon of drug offenders. Most may not like the pardon, but it puts an end to the continued focus on Arpaio as opposed to the root problem he was embroiled in – ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.
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