Yesterday, CDA News reported on President Donald Trump pardoning Joe Arpaio, the a former sheriff in Arizona who was found guilty of contempt of court, a misdemeanor, In a separate case of racial-profiling case that ended in 2013, Arpaio and the officers under him were found to have conducted traffic stops the unfairly targeted Hispanics, legal or not.
On Sunday, Univision’s Jorge Ramos spoke out about the pardon of Arpaio. He said that Trumps actions with the former sheriff is “defending racism” and not right. During the presidential campaign, Ramos confronted Trump at a press conference about immigration. Ramos told CNN that his suspicions about Trump being racist, that the Univision reporter had in 2015, were confirmed by the presidents actions over the past few weeks.
Ramos is affraid that Trump will attack the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or follow through with the wall. The DACA allowed undocumented children to stay in the U.S.
Whether or not Donald Trump is racist, there is another issue behind his pardon of Arpaio. On Saturday, Ron Wyden, the Democratic senator from Oregon, questioned if Trump’s Pardon of Arpaio may have violated the presidential oath of office. Through Twitter, Wyden basically said that law-enforcement officers who break the law, but support Trump, the president will protect them. He also said that it strikes at the American rule of law and violated the oath of office the president took.
Many civil rights groups and Democrats have argued that it was within the authority of the president to pardon Arpaio, but blasted the decision because of how controversial the former sheriff is. Even some Republicans are standing up against the GOP president. Arizona’s Republican Senator John McCain criticized Trump, saying that the pardon “undermines his claim for the respect of the rule of law.”
McCain went on to say that because he was not stopping his officers from illegally profiling Latinos who lived in Arizona, based solely on the officers believing they may be illegal, violated the orders from a judge. The 85-year-old Arpaio, who was the sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona until he lost an election last year, was pardoned by Trump on Friday. Late Friday night, Trump took to Twitter to announce that Arpaio had been pardoned. Prior to the pardon, the former sheriff faced up to six months in prison.
The U.S. president, under Article II of the Constitution, can give pardons to individuals for any offense against the United States, except if they are impeachment charges.
So, what do you CDA News faithful think? Has the president confirmed that he is either racist or at least supports racists? Did Donald Trump break the law by pardoning Joe Arpaio? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
By Cletus Dillwood
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