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ACLU Warns Trump: Pardoning Arpaio Would Be 'Presidential Endorsement of Racism'

16 August 2017
ACLU Warns Trump: Pardoning Arpaio Would Be 'Presidential Endorsement of Racism'

Trump said the pardon could happen in the next few days, should he decide to do so.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Donald Trump appeared to accidentally retweet a post describing him as a "fascist", before swiftly deleting the retweet.

Twitter user Mike Holden was replying to a Fox News article on the potential pardon of Joe Arpaio.

'He has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration, ' Trump continued.

"We're filing these motions because there was absolutely no evidence in support of the judge's verdict, the verdict was contrary to the evidence provided in court, and the verdict is a gross miscarriage of justice", said Mark Goldman, a lawyer for Arpaio.

Trump's consideration of a pardon for Arpaio, which Fox News reported Monday, demonstrates "how inextricably conflicted" Trump is about condemning racism and the targeting of minorities, said Thomas Saenz, president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

"It plays well to President Trump's base", said Molera.

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.

Regardless of the fact that, yes, a judge did in fact declare him 100% guilty, Arpaio also tempered his enthusiasm.

The crowd responded with chants of "Build the wall".

Using patrols, Arpaio made hundreds of arrests of people who were suspected living in the country illegally - but not of state crimes.

As the most senior officer in Maricopa county, a job he held until past year, Joe Arpaio styled himself as the "toughest sheriff in America".

In two new filings in federal district court in Arizona, Arpaio's lawyers offered up a number of reasons why the misdemeanor conviction should be tossed. The court also appointed an independent monitor to oversee implementation of the injunction.

AZCentral reported, "U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snow ordered Arpaio in 2011 to stop enforcing immigration law because his deputies were pulling over people based exclusively upon the color of their skin".