The commander in chief hinted that he may pardon a former sheriff of a misdemeanor, and the left went into histrionics.
At a “Make America Great Again” rally in Phoenix, Arizona Tuesday, President Donald Trump indicated that a pardon for former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was a strong possibility.
"I won't do it tonight because I don't want to cause any controversy," Trump said, in reference to Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton’s assessment that an Arpaio pardon would "inflame passions."
"I'll make a prediction. I think he's going to be just fine," he said to raucous cheers from the crowd.
An administration official indicated Wednesday morning that the White House is preparing paperwork for what is looking like a probable pardon, including the preparation of talking points to smooth the process.
They include Arpaio’s 50 years of service to his country and county — in the military and Drug Enforcement Administration and finally as sheriff.
They also reportedly include an assessment that to sentence him for "enforcing the law" and "working to keep people safe" would be unfair.
Arpaio, 85, was found guilty of criminal contempt of court following a bench trial last month, and is scheduled to begin the sentencing phase on October 5.
He faces up to a six-month sentence — that’s it, six months.
But from the reaction of the left one would have thought he’d committed a capital crime worthy of a firing squad.
Igor Volsky, director of Guns Down, a group that calls for a dramatic reduction in firearms in America, published his disgust in an over-the-top tweet after the president’s announcement.
“TO BE CLEAR: Trump's promise to pardon Arpaio right now is a full and complete embrace of white nationalism and racism. PERIOD,” he wrote.
Scott Dworkin, co-founder of the Democratic Coalition Against Trump, was equally strident, and referred to Arpaio as “the most racist criminal” Trump could muster.
“Trump: How can I distract people today? Maybe I'll find the most racist criminal I can find & pardon him,” Dworkin tweeted. “Enter, Joe Arpaio.”
He ended with a hashtag, “#NoJoePardon."
Attorney and University of New Hampshire journalism professor Seth Abramson was more pithy in his remarks, referring to a report that the White House was preparing paperwork for the Arpaio pardon, he tweeted, “I guess no one ever told Donald Trump not to go ‘full racist.’”
Former Army sergeant Chelsea Manning was sentenced to 35 years for handing over more than 700,000 classified military documents to WikiLeaks while she served as an intelligence analyst in Iraq.
Former President Barack Obama commuted her sentence to seven years — essentially pardoning her.
Marc Rich, an international commodities trader and hedge fund manager, was a fugitive from justice wanted for a long string of felony financial crimes. On his final day in office, former President Bill Clinton pardoned Rich.
But that was then; this is now, and suddenly pardoning an 85-year-old man who’d dedicated 50 years of his life to public service is going “full racist.”
On a misdemeanor conviction — maximum six month sentence.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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