August 25, 2017 at 9:47 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Trump pardons Joe Arpaio

Joe Arpaio, gay news, Washington Blade

Former Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff Joe Arpaio (Photo by Gage Skidmore; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

President Trump on Friday pardoned a former Arizona county sheriff who was convicted of criminal contempt after he failed to stop profiling Latinos.

Trump in a statement said former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio protected “the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration.”

“Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now 85-years-old,” said Trump. “After more than 50 years of admirable service to our nation, he is (sic.) candidate for a presidential pardon.”

Arpaio last month was convicted of criminal contempt after he failed to obey a federal judge’s ruling to profile Latinos as part of his controversial campaign against undocumented immigrants. Arpaio, who lost his re-election bid last November, was scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 5.

“Joe Arpaio must be held accountable for his long record of violating the civil rights of Maricopa County’s Latinx population, and carrying out a hate-filled agenda through extreme racial profiling,” said Human Rights Campaign Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhoff in a statement. “During his tenure, Arpaio has attacked nearly every marginalized community, including using anti-LGBTQ schemes to humiliate inmates at his ‘Tent City’ prison.”

Trump earlier this week suggested at a Phoenix rally that he was prepared to pardon Arpaio.

Friday’s announcement coincides with growing concern the Trump administration will not allow the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status programs that President Obama signed in 2012 to remain in place. Trump less than two hours before he pardoned Arpaio directed the Pentagon to implement a ban on transgender people in the military that he announced last month.

Trump pardoned Arpaio and directed the Pentagon to implement the trans servicemember ban hours before Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas coast with winds of 130 mph.

“Just before leaving for a long weekend at Camp David as a hurricane bears down on the Gulf Coast, Trump has barred transgender American heroes from serving in the military and pardoned a convicted racist on the same day,” Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur told the Washington Blade in a statement. “These low appeals to hatred and un-American values, consistent with Trump’s defense of white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, confirm that his chaotic presidency is propped up by a malignant ideology of hate, racism, religious intolerance and homo- and transphobia.”

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael //

8 Comments
  • No surprise that one old ugly racist conservative SOB pardons another!!!! The Fake POTUS will have many of his fellow scoundrels to pardon including his own family. But he can’t pardon himself!

    • Have you? I’m sure you’ll croak from a painful disease and then won’t be so smug! I’m sure you’ve had more stds than I have ever had, too!

      All that comes out of your mouth is thoughts of dik!! You have far more coming out of your mouth than I’ve ever had in mine!

      As for what you see, you’re blinder than a bat and as rabid!

    • Oy vey Sheriff Joe found more Mexican illegal aliens than Canadians who would have guessed. There won’t be people trying to illegaly cross the border from canida until they have more moslem problems

      Obama granted executive clemency— pardons or commutation of sentence)— to 1,927 people. Of the acts of clemency, 1,715 were commutations (including 504 life sentences) and 212 were pardons. Obama granted more commutations than the past thirteen presidents combined.

      • He wouldn’t have been ordered to stop what he was doing and convicted had he not been racially profiling people in violation of the law!

        If you knew what it is to be an American citizen singled out simply for fitting a type rather than violating a law you’d understand the outrage!

        But as your fellow Christian conservative’s push their anti-gay agenda and you get singled out for being gay maybe then you’ll get it!

        • Oy vey making a (((law))) that says you can’t arrest more Mexicans on the Mexican border than Canadians was designed to help flood the US will illegals. Judges are not supposed to make laws when they wave their wands.
          Black males from 15-30 commit more murders than all non-Hispanic whites in the US. If you see swastikas look for someone like the Unite The Right organizer proud JEWISH Obama, Hillary, Occupy Wall St supporter in 2016 Jason Kessler

      • But unlike Obama, Trump intentionally circumvented protocol once again by not involving the Justice Department. We already know the POS Predator in Chief’s views of judges that rule against him, or anyone for that matter. Obama supposedly also used a double blind process before anything hit his desk for consideration.

        And most wait for sentencing – not Trump – he needed to just feed even more red meat to the wolves after his unhinged but REAL Donald Trump press conference.

        Clinton was the abuser of the presidential pardon pure and simple.

        Share oh mighty BSSteve, how many pardons from Bush? And how many of Clinton, Bush or Obama were in the first 200+ days of being in office?

        And many GOP leaders have appropriately condemned him for it. He wasn’t following the law, and many convictions are done without a jury despite what Whacko Joe’s attorney is trying to lie and spin. Many are also worried this sends a clear message on the Russian investigation – don’t worry, I’ll just pardon you even if you are guilty. Trump ignores the Constitution, selectively likes laws when they benefit him and his fortune. otherwise he thinks he’s Dictator in Chief, and is above the balance of power. Even Stevie “Breitbart” Lying POS Miller said his powers are without question. Bannon’s gone, Gurka finally hit the skids…all a string of the Donald’s “only picks great people” mantra.

  • How is this a gay-related news story ?

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