President Trump Hints At Pardon For Sheriff Joe At Phoenix Rally – Crowd Goes Wild

President Trump Hints At Pardon For Sheriff Joe At Phoenix Rally – Crowd Goes Wild

During Donald Trump’s rally in Phoenix on Tuesday, he brought up a number of issues. He spoke on the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia; he criticized the media for their alleged bias. Trump also talked about one of his key issues, illegal immigration and reaffirmed his commitment to building a border wall, no matter the cost. He also came to the defense of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and hinted at a possible presidential pardon.

Last month, Arpaio was convicted of violating a civil contempt order after he refused to stop his practice of detaining people he suspected of being illegal immigrants. In 2011, a Justice Department report accused him of racial profiling against Latinos, something backed up by a judge in 2013. Arpaio was then voted out last November after serving as sheriff for 24 years.

Arpaio was an ardent supporter of Trump’s and Trump is now evidently looking to return the favor. “Do the people in this room like Sheriff Joe?” he asked, as people in the room cheered. They then began chanting “pardon Joe!” as Trump continued talking. “Was Sheriff Joe convicted for doing his job?” he asked. “He should have had a jury!” Arpaio’s trial did not have a jury, but this is not unusual — suspects charged with misdemeanors punishable by only six months imprisonment do not have the right to a jury trial under the Constitution, although a jury trial is often granted anyway.

He continued on, strongly suggesting that Arpaio can count on receiving a presidential pardon. “I won’t do it tonight because I don’t want to cause any controversy,” he said. “But Sheriff Joe can feel good!”

“I’ll make a prediction,” he concluded. “I think he’s gonna be just fine.”

Arpaio is scheduled to be sentenced on October 5th and he faces up to six months in prison.

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