U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison Condemns Pardon of Joe Arpaio

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 26, 2017) — U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-5) on Saturday condemned the presidential pardon of Joe Arpaio, the former Maricopa County Sheriff who he called of the country’s most notorious racists who racially profiled Latinos and tortured and humiliated inmates. Arpaio was lawfully convicted for refusing to comply with a court order to stop violating people’s constitutional rights.

Ellison said President Donald Trump’s pardon of Arpaio proves that the President thinks criminal law-breaking is okay, as long as it only harms certain people.

“Pardons are used when those convicted of crimes show a willingness to reform and become better citizens. Joe Arpaio has not done either,” Elloson said. “He has not apologized, shown remorse for his crimes or a willingness to repair the damage he’s done to his community.

“Yet, Donald Trump believes that a man who used race as a way to abuse and oppress people is an ‘American patriot,'” he added.

The pardon comes just hours after it was reported that the Trump Administration may end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and signed a directive to ban transgender military recruits — all while a Category 4 Hurricane was making landfall in Texas and putting millions of lives at risk, he said.

“And let’s not forget, just two weeks ago, Trump said that some white supremacists and neo-Nazis were ‘fine people,'” Ellison said. “It’s clear. President Trump is giving cover to white supremacy.”

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