‘In Pardoning Arpaio, Trump Has Lost All Legitimacy’

Sheriff Joe Arpaio at a rally for Donald Trump at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Gage Skidmore/This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution- Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic)

On Friday evening, the White House announced that President Trump pardoned former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was recently convicted for contempt of court after failing to follow orders from a federal judge to cease from racially profiling Latinos in Arizona.

Here is what Puente Arizona’s director Carlos García said in a statement:

In pardoning Arpaio, Trump has lost all legitimacy.

After Charlottesville, Trump came to Phoenix to solidify himself as a white supremacist candidate. Convicted Sheriff Arpaio should be tried for much more than contempt of court. His Sheriffs killed Marty Atencio in his jail, kept humans in an outdoor tent city he called his own concentration camp, and he said he was proud to be called KKK.

Sheriff who claims pride in being called KKK is who Trump sees as a ‘great American patriot.’ Equipping armed vigilantes with ski masks and the conducting worst racial profiling DOJ investigators ever witnessed is what trump calls, ‘just doing his job.’

Everyone in this country should be extremely alarmed by Trump’s decision to pardon Arpaio.

Tonight Trump sent a clear message that it’s ok to break the law as long as its to further a white supremacist agenda.

Our message is that white supremacy will not be pardoned. We will stand in defiance of Trump’s hate and in protection of our communities like we had to for the past twenty plus years under Arpaio.

Both the President and the convicted Sheriff will be remembered as stains on this country’s history.

Puente also held a press conference from Phoenix on Friday night:

Meanwhile, here is what Arpaio’s Twitter said on Friday night:

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