In July, a federal judge convicted Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio of willfully violating a federal order to stop using his police force to target residents based on race. Earlier this month, President Trump announced that he would travel to Phoenix, launching speculation that Trump would pardon his long-time ally. Tuesday afternoon, White House communications staff said that Donald Trump was not prepared to talk about pardoning the former sheriff. Four hours later, Trump mentioned it anyway.
In between bashing the “fake news” and Republican senators, the crowd cheered when President Trump asked, “Was Sheriff Joe convicted for doing his job?” Trump promised that “Sheriff Joe will be alright.”
Americans and New Mexicans alike deserve a country and a leader who condemns hate and racism – not condones them.
America needs police leaders committed to serving our communities, not dividing it. Stand with our immigrants and the principles of our Constitution and add your name opposing Trump’s pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio.