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Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Circus Tent Show Is Gonna Go

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    Trump revisits his Charlottesville comments in angry speech
    • By JULIE BYKOWICZ Associated Press
    • 1 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — President Donald Trump opened his political rally in Phoenix with calls for unity and an assertion that "our movement is about love." Then he erupted in anger.

    He blamed the media for the widespread condemnation of his response to violence at a Charlottesville, Virginia, protest organized by white supremacists. And he shouted that he had "openly called for healing, unity and love" in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy and had simply been misrepresented in news coverage.

    He read from his three responses to the racially charged violence — getting more animated with each one. He withdrew from his suit pocket the written statement he'd read the day a woman was killed by a man who'd plowed a car through counter-protesters, but he skipped over the trouble-causing part that he'd freelanced at the time — his observation that "many sides" were to blame.

    That, as well as his reiteration days later that "both sides" were to blame for the violence that led to the death of Heather Heyer and two state troopers, led Democrats and many Republicans to denounce Trump for not unmistakably calling out white supremacists and other hate groups.

    Trump also suggested he still intends to pardon former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is awaiting sentencing in Arizona after his conviction in federal court for disobeying court orders to stop his immigration patrols. But he left little doubt that he wanted to do it. He said he'd aimed to avoid "controversy" by not immediately granting the pardon. But Trump also said, "I'll make a prediction: I think he's going to be just fine."

    Of his media criticism, the president told the crowd of thousands shoehorned into the Phoenix convention center: "You know where my heart is. I'm only doing this to show you how damned dishonest these people are."

    Well after his appearance had ended, Trump sent a tweet on his Twitter account saying: "Not only does the media give a platform to hate groups, but the media turns a blind eye to the gang violence on our streets."

    Trump's broadside against the media, and the "fake news" he says is out to get him, was one of several detours he took from his prepared remarks at a rally where he was introduced by Vice President Mike Pence and other speakers appealing for unity and healing.

    The president unabashedly acknowledged that his own advisers had urged him to stay on message, and that he simply could not.

    He went on to skewer both of Arizona's Republican senators, insisting that his coy refusal to mention their names showed a "very presidential" restraint. He said his aides had begged him, "Please, please Mr. President, don't mention any names. So I won't." Yet he'd clearly described Sen. John McCain as the reason Congress didn't repeal and replace the much-maligned Affordable Care Act, and he labeled Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake as "weak" on borders and crime.

    As for how he would assist with the upcoming Herculean tasks facing Congress — passing tax reform, raising the debt ceiling, and agreeing on a budget — Trump offered little detail. He did threaten that if legislators force a government shutdown "we're building that wall," a reference to his campaign promise to close off the border with Mexico.

    In the comfort of his most fervent fans, Trump often resurrects his free-wheeling 2016 campaign style, pinging insults at perceived enemies such as the media and meandering from topic to topic without a singular theme. This was Trump's eighth rally since taking office in January, and each event is attended by supporters screened by his campaign.

    His comfort-level was apparent: As he discussed his responses to Charlottesville, he interrupted himself. "I didn't want to bore you. You understand where I'm coming from. You people understand."

    Outside the rally, the divisiveness seen across the country was on display.

    One man on a loudspeaker said the largely Latino protesters belong in the kitchen. A Trump opponent hoisted a sign depicting the president with horns. A day of noisy but largely peaceful protests turned unruly after his speech, as police fired pepper spray at crowds after someone apparently lobbed rocks and bottles at officers.

    Trump is on a two-day trip to the west, which continues Wednesday with travel to an American Legion convention in Reno, Nevada. He began his Arizona visit Tuesday with a brief trip to the southern edge of the country, touring a Marine Corps base in Yuma that is a hub of operations for the U.S. Border Patrol.

    His focus on immigration and rallying a supportive crowd offered a respite from a more uncomfortable development in his presidency.

    Trump on Monday announced in an address to the nation a plan to maintain a U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, upending a campaign vow to end America's longest war. Senior U.S. officials said Trump's strategy may involve sending up to 3,900 more troops, with some deployments beginning almost immediately.

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    Associated Press writers Jill Colvin, Darlene Superville, Alan Fram in Washington and Josh Hoffner in Phoenix contributed to this report.

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    Glad he will let Sheriff Joe off the hook, Part of draining the swamp of Obama's bogus laws.
     
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    Antifa (the communists) need to issue all their comrades each a cup. I'm not sure if the trannies would need them but they get one too. Can't discriminate because of gender you know!
     
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    BREAKING: Trump pardons controversial Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio after he was convicted of contempt for refusing to stop targeting illegal immigrants for arrest
    • President Donald Trump pardons controversial Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio
    • Trump signed the pardon for the 85-year-old Arpaio on Friday night
    • In July, Arpaio was convicted in federal court
    • Judge ruled he violated injunction barring officers from detaining suspected undocumented migrants


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4824882/Trump-pardons-controversial-Arizona-sheriff-Joe-Arpaio.html#ixzz4qoobUKQK
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    On this I agree with Trump, I am damn glad he did it.
     
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    McCain: Trump pardoning Arpaio 'undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law'

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    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) blasted President Trump over his pardon of former Maricopa County, Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio, saying it "undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law."

    "Mr. Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt for continuing to illegally profile Latinos living in Arizona based on their perceived immigration status in violation of a judge's orders," McCain said in a statement.



    "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."

    The White House announced Trump's decision to pardon Arpaio on Friday night in a statement.

    "Throughout his time as Sheriff, Arpaio continued his life's work of protecting the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration," the White House said.

    "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."

    Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt after he disobeyed a federal judge's order to stop racially profiling individuals suspected of illegally entering the U.S.

    McCain's counterpart in the Senate, Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) also criticized Trump's decision to pardon Arpaio.

    "Regarding the Arpaio pardon, I would have preferred that the President honor the judicial process and let it take its course," Flake wrote on Twitter.

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    Analysis: Trump's Arpaio pardon breaks with tradition

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    6 hrs ago




    WASHINGTON — Almost everything about President Trump's pardon of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio was unusual.

    Trump chose a politically polarizing anti-immigration sheriff as the recipient of his first pardon — the kind of controversial grant of clemency recent presidents have reserved for the 11th hour rather than their first act.

    Arpaio didn't meet the Justice Department guidelines for a pardon. His conviction wasn't five years old, he hadn't expressed remorse and he hadn't even applied to the Office of Pardon Attorney.

    The day before, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president would follow a "thorough and standard process" in considering the pardon. That process usually requires seven layers of review and an FBI background check.

    No matter. The constitutional authority to "grant pardons and reprieves for offenses against the United States" is arguably the most absolute powers a president has.

    He has to work with Congress to pass bills, appoint cabinet secretaries or negotiate treaties. But a pardon can be granted with the stroke of a pen — sometimes not even that — and can't be overturned by the Congress or the courts. Once delivered, not even the president himself can take it back.

    Despite the absolute nature of the power — or perhaps because of it — presidents are often downright shy about it.

    President Harry Truman didn't publicly disclose his pardons. President Gerald Ford pardoned his predecessor, Richard Nixon, on a Sunday morning with no advance warning. President George H.W. Bush pardoned key figures in the Iran-Contra affair only after losing re-election. President Bill Clinton pardoned fugitive financier Mark Rich, two Democratic congressmen, a figure in the Whitewater scandal and his own brother — all on his last day in office.

    None of them telegraphed their intentions quite like Trump, who had been openly hinting at the Arpaio pardon for two weeks. "I think he’s going to be just fine," Trump said at a campaign rally in Phoenix on Tuesday. But he said he wouldn't announce the pardon then because it would be too "controversial."

    "This is just the most in-your-face gesture imaginable for the pardon power," said Mark Rozell, dean of the public policy school at George Mason University and a pardon scholar. "We're going to pardon someone who hasn’t admitted that what he's done is a crime, and has shown no remorse."

    Indeed, President Ronald Reagan refused to pardon the Iran-Contra figures, including Lt. Col. Oliver North, because it would signal that North had done something illegal that needed pardoning. While a pardon can undo a conviction in the eyes of the law, it can also condemn them in the eyes of history.

    "From the very beginning I've said that to consider a pardon would leave — even if I did that — would leave them under a shadow of guilt for the rest of their lives," Reagan said the month before he left office.

    In pardoning Arpaio — who had been convicted just last month for defying a judge's order to release from jail people suspected of nothing more than an immigration offense — Trump also bypassed 2,270 other pending applications for pardons, most of which have been waiting for years.

    On Friday night, Trump tweeted one of his reasons for the pardon, saying Arpaio "kept Arizona safe."

    P.S. Ruckman Jr., a political scientist who has studied the history of presidential pardons, says Trump's use of a pardon for Arpaio looks more like crass politics than a serious use of an important presidential power.

    "This looks more like a stunt," he said. "He’ll get the mileage out of it, and the publicity, and rile up the base."

    After dangling the possibility of a pardon so publicly, he said, "it would be bizarre if he didn't pardon the guy."

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    Trump under fire for his hurricane news dump: President announces Arpaio's pardon and transgender military ban - while Gorka reveals he is out - as Harvey hits Texas
    • Lawmakers across the political spectrum slam Trump for Joe Arpaio pardon
    • Democrats accused Trump of using incoming massive hurricane as 'cover'
    • Arizona Senator John McCain said pardon undermines Trump's claim that he respects the law
    • Hurricane Harvey is a Category 4 storm and is set to land in Texas and Louisiana
    • Arpaio thanked trump in a tweet, claiming he's a victim of an Obama era witch hunt
    • Arpaio was convicted last month of criminal contempt for profiling Latinos


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    Obama never did a Libya news dump or any other topic during a distraction. Uh-huh.
     
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    I have VERY little respect for McCain...http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/mccain-and-the-pow-cover-up/
     
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    Paul Ryan joins the condemnation of Trump's pardon for Arpaio: Speaker says he 'disagrees' with the decision after John McCain accused the president of undermining the rule of law
    • John McCain lashed out at President Trump's pardoning Joe Arpaio on Friday
    • Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan also offered a rebuke of the President
    • He accused the president of undermining the rule of law in his statement
    • On Friday night Trump tweeted his decision to pardon Arpaio, citing his history of public service
    • In July, Arpaio was convicted in federal court of criminal contempt in a case involving racial profiling
    • Judge ruled he violated injunction barring officers from detaining suspected undocumented migrants
    • McCain was one of a number of politicians to condemn the President's decision
    • Roger Stone, a friend of the president, said McCain will 'burn in hell' for the statement


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4826344/John-McCain-slams-Trump-s-decision-pardon-Joe-Arpaio.html#ixzz4quSW1A2l
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    ^^^Then I can add Ryan to the list of people that can kiss my lily white ass...^^^ or is it "little white ass"?
     
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    I'm waiting for McCain to "Go Away". McCain is the supreme definition of a R.I.N.O.

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    Trump 'asked Jeff Sessions about dropping criminal case against controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio' months before his conviction and pardon
    • Donald Trump asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions about dropping a criminal case against controversial ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio
    • Trump was advised that closing the criminal contempt case against Arpaio would be inappropriate
    • The former Maricopa County sheriff was convicted for ignoring a court order to stop detaining illegal migrants
    • The Republican leader decided to let the case go ahead, but said he would pardon Arpaio if necessary


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    'Karma about to get you and you will burn in hell for all eternity': Trump ally Roger Stone threatens cancer-stricken John McCain for criticizing Arpaio pardon
    • An ally and former adviser to President Donald Trump is threatening cancer-stricken Senator John McCain with eternal damnation
    • Arizona Republican criticized Trump's controversial decision to pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio
    • 'Karma about to get you, @SenJohnMcCain and you will burn in hell for all eternity,' Roger Stone tweeted on Saturday
    • McCain lashed out at Trump's pardoning of Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff who was found guilty of criminal contempt after illegally targeting Latinos


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    P.S. Ruckman Jr., a political scientist who has studied the history of presidential pardons, says Trump's use of a pardon for Arpaio looks more like crass politics than a serious use of an important presidential power.

    While Clintons pardon of SScumbag RICH was for money to hildabeast campaign for run at the senate.
    I will be chasing down Obumblers pardons!
     
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    I pardoned Sheriff Joe when the TV ratings were higher! Trump's extraordinary defense for slipping controversial move out during hurricane as he attacks Obama and Clinton's use of power
    • President Trump pardoned former sheriff Joe Arpaio last week, prompting a former Obama administration spokesman to complain on Twitter
    • He defended the move in public Monday
    • Trump called Arpaio a 'patriot'
    • He said he assumed Friday night ratings would be high because of the hurricane
    • Brought up President Clinton's pardon of Marc Rich
    • Also referenced Obama's commutation of Chelsea Manning's sentence
    • The Rich pardon, like Arpaio's, went outside normal channels
    • Obama's former National Security Council spokesman said Obama used his pardon's to give people 'second chance'
    • Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich shoved back, reminding him that Obama commuted the sentences of two high-profile federal prisoners
    • Chelsea Manning was convicted of espionage, and López Rivera was in prison for seditious conspiracy armed robbery and other crimes
    • Trump re-tweeted Pavlich's message on Monday


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    Pardoning Sheriff Arpaio
    • By Cal Thomas
    • 11 hrs ago

    President Trump's pardon of Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, has drawn predictable responses. The left, which long ago exceeded its sell-by date when it comes to ideas that work, denounced the decision as racist (that's all they have) and a perversion of justice. Some moderates, like Sen. John McCain and Sen. Jeff Flake, both Arizona Republicans, Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, and former Florida Gov.Jeb Bush, joined the critics.

    Arpaio, who is 85, was convicted of disobeying a 2011 federal court order to halt traffic patrols that targeted immigrants. He faced up to six months in prison.

    The White House issued a list of reasons for the president's decision, which included Arpaio's age, his service to the country, including enlistment in the military at the start of the Korean War, and his work as a police officer and special agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration.

    Arpaio's defenders say he was trying to help the federal government identify people in the country illegally. His opponents say he profiled Hispanics only, and thus engaged in racism. Given that Mexicans, according to U.S. Census Bureau data, make up the largest group of unauthorized immigrants, it made sense to focus on this group. That the number of unauthorized immigrants from Mexico has been decreasing, matters little, as the number of immigrants from Central America and Asia has increased.

    Even critics must acknowledge that any president has sole discretionary authority under the Constitution to pardon anyone for almost anything, except offenses against the United States and curtailing the impeachment process.

    It is instructive to review some of the hundreds of pardons delivered by Bill Clinton and Barack Obama when they were president. Many were granted to people whose resumes do not come close to the services rendered to the nation by Sheriff Arpaio.

    President Obama issued 70 pardons during his two terms as president. He pardoned minor drug offenders, bank embezzlers, military deserters, and, according to the Chicago Tribune, a young sailor court-martialed and demoted for taking four pounds of butter from his Navy base in 1947.

    Bill Clinton's pardon list contained names of people who committed crimes a little more consequential, some even a little suspect. His most notorious pardon was granted to Marc Rich, a major donor to the Clinton campaign. The Rich pardon came during Clinton's last hours in office and was condemned by leading Democrats, including former President Jimmy Carter.

    For those with short memories, Rich was indicted in the United States on federal charges of tax evasion and making controversial oil deals with Iran during the Iran hostage crisis. Rich, who fled to Switzerland when he was indicted, never returned to the U.S., and died there in 2013.

    Clinton later said he regretted the Rich pardon. Without a hint of irony, he said, "It wasn't worth the damage to my reputation." Most of Clinton's other pardons were far less controversial. They included convictions for bank fraud and "odometer rollback."

    The president's pardon of Arpaio is a far cry from those granted by Clinton and Obama. He was correct in sighting Arpaio's age and service to the country among his reasons for granting it. His conviction had political overtones and it is perfectly fitting that the pardon addressed his conviction partially on a political level.

    Arpaio reached the same conclusion when he tweeted: "Thank you @realdonaldtrump for seeing my conviction for what it is: a political witch hunt by holdovers in the Obama Justice Department."

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    President Donald Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio on Friday, sparing the controversial former Arizona sheriff a jail sentence after he was convicted of criminal contempt related to his hard-line tactics going after undocumented immigrants.

    The move drew outcry from civil rights groups, which accuse Arpaio of violating the Constitution in his crackdown on illegal immigration.

    During last year's presidential campaign, Arpaio was a vocal proponent of Trump's candidacy, and used his national notoriety to advocate for Trump's similarly aggressive stance on border security and deportations.

    In a brief statement released late Friday evening, the White House praised Arpaio's career.
    "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 85 years old, and after more than 50 years of admirable service to our nation, he is (a) worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon."

    Arpaio thanked Trump on Twitter.
    "Thank you @realdonaldtrump for seeing my conviction for what it is: a political witch hunt by holdovers in the Obama justice department!," he posted.

    Arpaio continued: "I am humbled and incredibly grateful to President Trump. I look fwd to putting this chapter behind me and helping to #MAGA"

    He said in a Fox News interview Friday that he would hold a news conference early next week to discuss the pardon.

    The pardon is the first of Trump's presidency, though he did not follow his predecessors' practice of consulting with lawyers at the Justice Department before announcing his decision.
    "This is the President's pardon," a source with knowledge of the decision said.

    The long and incredibly controversial career of 'America's Toughest Sheriff' Joe Arpaio
    Under the Constitution, Trump is permitted wide leeway in issuing pardons. There are no requirements for consultation within the administration before a decision is announced.

    "The President exercised his lawful authority and we respect his decision," said Ian Prior, a Justice Department spokesman.

    Trump hinted at his decision earlier this week during a raucous campaign rally in Phoenix.
    "So was Sheriff Joe was convicted for doing his job?" Trump queried his supporters. "I'll make a prediction. I think he's going to be just fine, OK."

    Trump tweeted Friday night about his decision: "I am pleased to inform you that I have just granted a full Pardon to 85 year old American patriot Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He kept Arizona safe!"

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