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BREAKING: Trump Pardons Joe Arpaio

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 5:00 pm

Like everything else Trump does, this is highly irregular. Here is the announcement:


Arpaio did not go through the usual DoJ process and has shown no remorse for blatantly violating a court order. But, the pardon will stir up Trump’s base. So, there you have it.

The typo in the last sentence (“he is worthy candidate”) is your Trumpy guarantee that this was well thought through.

[Cross-posted at RedState.]


  1. To be honest, when I hear “… did not go through the usual DoJ process,” my gut reaction is, “Good.” My trust that the Department of Justice will do the right thing bottomed out last year when Lynch met with Clinton in that plane, and has barely risen at all from that all-time low. Lynch and Holder have poisoned the well for me.

    Now, maybe that particular process had some merit to it, and you’d be able to articulate that merit. But to simply state “this didn’t go through the usual process” does nothing to persuade me that it was a bad thing, not after the “usual process” has been in the hands of Holder and Lynch for eight years. If you want this to be persuasive to me, I need to know more about why the usual process is a good thing in this case.

    Comment by Robin Munn — 8/25/2017 @ 11:48 pm

  2. I personally despise Joe Arpaio and am dissatisfied that he was pardoned. Frankly, the dispute between the Obama administration and Arpaio over illegal aliens holds no interest for me. I could even sympathize with the claims that it was a political prosecution.

    No, I despise Arpaio for more fundamental reasons than that. Together with Andrew Thomas, Maricopa DA, they did far more destruction to our rule of law than the nonsense he was found in contempt for.

    Here is a link to the lengthy opinion of the Arizona Supreme Court disbarring Thomas for his conduct as DA.

    (Ask Patterico how often this happens). Its a long slog but look how often Arpaio acts as enforcer to Thomas’ outrageous conduct. I heard the story of the investigation firsthand as an acquaintance of mine was invited by Arizona Supreme Court to come from out of state to investigate this for the court, and was subject to great personal harassment by Arpaio and Thomas during their investigation. Harassment not mentioned in the opinion above.

    Comment by SPQR — 8/29/2017 @ 5:39 pm

  3. I suspect we will find that this is a good metaphor for the Trump administration.

    Comment by aphrael — 8/29/2017 @ 10:05 pm

  4. In south Florida, that is near beer with Janet Reno probably beginning with the hot suits case, she went after one fellow the city manager, but didn’t sanction her own assistant, who a decade later followed her to Washington. Then we have the amirault mccmartin horror in the fustee case

    Comment by narciso — 8/30/2017 @ 5:18 am

  5. So when chisholm get disbarred, rhetorical:

    Comment by narciso — 8/30/2017 @ 6:57 am

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