Paul Ryan Finally Breaks With Trump, Slams Decision To Pardon Arpaio | THE POLITICUS

Paul Ryan Finally Breaks With Trump, Slams Decision To Pardon Arpaio

As Hurricane Harvey was barrelling down on Texas, Donald Trump decided to pardon a racist sheriff. Joe Arpaio violated a court order which prohibited him from profiling Latinos but he just couldn’t help himself. Trump just had to take attention away from the hurricane because that’s who he is and he knew this would be a controversial move.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) isn’t pleased with the former reality show star’s decision to pardon the former Maricopa County Sheriff.

“The speaker does not agree with the decision,” Ryan’s spokesman Doug Andres told . “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.”

Shorter Ryan: Racism is bad.

It’s not just Ryan, but other Republicans have stepped up, too, to criticize the pardon, including Arizona’s two U.S. senators. Sen. Jeff Flake tweeted that he would have “preferred that the president honor the judicial process and let it take its course.”

Sen. John McCain said that in granting the pardon that Trump “undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law as Mr. Arpaio has shown no remorse for his actions.”

“Mr. Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt for continuing to illegally profile Latinos living in Arizona based on their perceived immigration status in violation of a judge’s orders,” McCain said.

Arpaio had been found guilty of racially profiling Latinos and after the backlash Trump received after one of his white supremacist supporters murdered Heather Heyer, 32, and injured 19 others, you’d think he would hold back. Trump has tried to say he denounced racism but his initial response to the attack in Charlottesville was to blame ‘both sides.’

On Saturday, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee Sen. Dianne Feinstein said that the pardon demonstrates “flagrant disregard for the rule of law in this country.”

Immediately after the pardon, to help him with his legal expenses. I think we should all send him some bootstraps. Pink ones.


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