Trump Considering Pardon For Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio

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Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump Campaigns Throughout Iowa

The tweeter-in-chief appeared to accidentally share the short aside from user Mike Holden, which said of Trump: "He's a fascist, so not unusual".

A day later, he would walk back that walk-back, complain that both sides of the protest were to blame and seem to equate white supremacists with those who oppose them.

Some fake news purveyors joined the call for a pardon.

This not a terribly surprising turnabout, given the President's past statements.

Arpaio, one of Trump's earliest and most vocal supporters, said last week that he would accept a pardon for his criminal conviction from the president, and would do "whatever the president wants me to do".

"President Trump would be literally pardoning Joe Arpaio's flagrant violation of federal court orders that prohibited the illegal detention of Latinos".

Fox News interviewed Trump on Sunday at his club in Bedminster, N.J.

On Tuesday morning, Trumped retweeted the Fox News "exclusive", which read: "President Trump "seriously considering" a pardon for ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio". That latter point is debatable.

Federal prosecutors countered that Arpaio defied the order purposely, believing he could get away with it.

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Arpaio served six terms as sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona before losing his re-election bid in November.

Others disagreed, saying the tweet simply depicts a news person trying to stop the Trump agenda. In 2011, an investigation by the Department of Justice found pervasive bias against Latinos in his office.

"Is there anyone in local law enforcement who has done more to crack down on illegal immigration than Sheriff Joe?" asked Trump.

Trump reportedly said the pardon could happen in the next few days. The civil contempt-of-court proceedings arose after Arpaio and his top deputies repeatedly ignored the court's orders. Arpaio continued this policy for 17 months after the judge's order, prompting the case.

Arpaio claimed in 2009 that he had arrested 30,000 illegal immigrants since beginning his efforts in 2005.

Arpaio, who, like Trump, peddled conspiracy theories about Barack Obama's birth certificate, gained notoriety while elected sheriff of Maricopa County, between 1993 and 2016.

Elite Daily reached out to the White House for further comment but did not receive a response at the time of publication.

Three years later the DOJ sued Arpaio.

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