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Trump defends pardoning of racial profiling 'patriot'
« on: August 29, 2017, 12:22:32 AM »
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/28/donald-trump-defends-joe-arpaio-pardon-patriot

US president said the former Arizona sheriff, who faced possible jail time for defying order to stop racially profiling Latinos, did ‘a great job’

Donald Trump has defended his widely condemned decision to pardon Joe Arpaio, calling the former sheriff in Arizona a “patriot” and launching a counter-attack on past presidential pardons.

Trump has received bipartisan criticism for sparing Arpaio, one of the most divisive law enforcement figures in the US, possible jail time for defying a court order to stop racially profiling Latino people.

During a joint press conference with the visiting president of Finland, Trump insisted of Arpaio: “He’s done a great job for the people of Arizona. He’s very strong on borders, very strong on illegal immigration. He is loved in Arizona. I thought he was treated unbelievably unfairly when they came down with their big decision to go get him right before the election voting started.”

Last November, Arpaio, a hardliner on illegal immigration, lost his bid for a seventh term as sheriff of Maricopa County, which contains Phoenix, as many Latino voters backed his opponent.