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Former White House Ethics Chief: Trump’s Arpaio Pardon Is A ‘Racist, Pro-Authoritarian Gesture’


Former White House Ethics Chief: Trump’s Arpaio Pardon Is A ‘Racist, Pro-Authoritarian Gesture’

Former White House ethics chief Walter Shaub, who resigned after repeated clashes with President Trump, ripped the president for pardoning controversial former Maricopa County, Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio, calling it “vile” and an “un-American, racist, pro-authoritarian gesture” that is a sign of worse things to come.

“What POTUS says ‘exemplifies selfless public service’ is: dehumanizing inmates, racial profiling, and gleefully defying a court order,” Walter Shaub tweeted Friday night. “Every one of you WH staffers owns this disgusting, un-American, racist pro-authoritarian gesture forever like it was tattooed on your forehead.”

“This pardon also departs from procedural norms. And as an affirmative act by POTUS, it reveals an emboldening. A harbinger of worse to come.”

Shaub then tweeted a link to the Department of Justice’s webpage outlining the process for considering a pardon, and shared a screengrab of the section entitled “acceptance of responsibility, remorse and atonement.”

The White House announced Trump would be pardoning Arpaio in a Friday night statement, released as deadly Hurricane Harvey was making landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas.

“Throughout his time as Sheriff, Arpaio continued his life’s work of protecting the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration,” the statement read.

“Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now eighty-five years old, and after more than fifty years of admirable service to our Nation, he is a worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon.”

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) blasted Trump’s pardon of Arpaio.

“The President has the authority to make this pardon, but doing so at this time undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law as Mr. Arpaio has shown no remorse for his actions,” McCain said in a statement.


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