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Rep. Cummings: Trump Promoting 'Textbook Racism' With Arpaio Pardon

Rep. Cummings: Trump Promoting 'Textbook Racism' With Arpaio Pardon
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By    |   Saturday, 26 August 2017 01:51 PM

President Donald Trump was promoting "textbook racism" with his decision to pardon former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio from charges of criminal contempt, Rep. Elijah Cummings said Saturday on Twitter while invoking comments Speaker Paul Ryan made about Trump as a candidate last summer.

In a series of four tweets, the Maryland Democrat and civil rights icon wrote: 

Last year, during the presidential campaign, Ryan sharply criticized Trump's criticism of a federal judge over his ethnicity as the "textbook definition of racist comments."

Trump had claimed that U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel's Mexican heritage meant that he would not be able to ensure that Trump, with his call for a border wall with Mexico, would receive a fair trial in the Trump University fraud case.

Arpaio had been facing jail time for continuing to target Latinos for arrest, in contempt of a court order, until Trump's pardon on Friday.

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