The news we have all been waiting for….whether President Trump would pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Trump is holding a prime-time event in Phoenix on Tuesday. This is his first public rally since the incident in Charlottesville.
Some Trump supporters might have expected President Trump would make an announcement related to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio at the rally in Arizona on Tuesday night.
However, the White House made an official statement prior to the rally.
H/T Western Journalism:
Refuting speculation to the contrary, The White House announced President Donald Trump will NOT pardon former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio during a campaign-style rally Tuesday night.
“There will be no discussion of that today at any point and no action will be taken on that front at any point today,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Tuesday aboard Air Force One.
Arpaio was convicted in July of criminal contempt relating to a 2011 court order telling him stop racially profiling in his efforts to deter illegal immigration.
The former sheriff faces a maximum sentence of six months in jail, and is scheduled to appear in court for sentencing in October.
Arpaio spoke with Fox News Tuesday prior to the announcement from the Trump administration that he will not be pardoned.
“I haven’t officially been invited — I’ve been to every single one in the last two years, but I don’t anticipate going down there on my own,” Arpaio said, adding he was “not sure” if the president would issue a pardon to him.
“I would accept (a pardon), but we’ll see what happens,” Arpaio said. “(I)t doesn’t matter because I’m still going to support him as long as he is the president of the United States because that’s the way I am. I don’t desert for political reasons. I’ll stick with him.”
He added: “I said he’ll go down in history as one of the best presidents we’ve ever had, and I stick with that prediction regardless.”
Trump told Fox News on Aug. 13 he was “seriously considering” pardoning Arpaio, whose hardline stance on illegal immigration has garnered praise from Trump.
During an interview with NPR last week, Arpaio said he would be honored to receive a pardon from Trump.
“As far as the situation on a pardon, I didn’t ask for it but I will accept it if he does do it,” Arpaio said.
He added: “This president understands what I’ve been going through. There aren’t many politicians around believe me. I learned that real quick over this situation. You don’t see anybody next to me and I’ve endorsed so many people.”
Trump and Arpaio have been allies since 2012, when both were proponents of the so-called “birther” movement that questioned whether then-President Obama was actually born in the U.S. and thus qualified to serve in the Oval Office.
Of course, just because there is no comment or discussion today, doesn’t mean it will or won’t happen. Remember what Trump told Fox News on August 13?
“I might do it right away, maybe early this week. I am seriously thinking about it.”
As with any pardon, the prospect of Trump’s pardon has touched off a political debate in Arizona. Republican Reps. Andy Biggs and Trent Franks support a pardon, while Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton called for the president to reconsider even hosting Tuesday’s event.
Here’s what President Trump had to say at the Phoenix Rally:
So Sheriff Joe was convicted for doing his job?!
It looks like we will all just have to wait and see, but according to President Trump, Sheriff Joe is “going to be just fine!”
Arpaio is expected to be sentenced Oct. 5, and could face up to six months in prison.
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