House Speaker Paul Ryan and Sen. John McCain joined Democrats in assailing President Trump’s pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio this week, proving they care more about positive headlines in the Washington Post than about standing up for this country’s sovereign borders. Sheriff Arpaio’s conviction was a railroad job from the get-go, and if he DID violate the court order, he did so in order to satisfy a greater responsibility – the one he owed to the people of Maricopa County. It was no coincidence that he was elected to that position over and over again. The people there trusted him to enforce the law, and that included making sure their home did not become a haven for illegal immigrants.
Of course, to the modern-day Democratic Party, that’s the very height of evil. To arrest and jail illegal immigrants? My god! How nasty can you be?
But to hear Republicans, including Arizona’s own McCain use the Democrats’ argument against Trump is really just too much to take.
“The speaker does not agree with this decision,” a Paul Ryan spokesman said. “Law enforcement officials have a special responsibility to respect the rights of everyone in the United States. We should not allow anyone to believe that responsibility is diminished by this pardon.”
As for McCain, who never misses an opportunity to bash Trump, he said Friday: “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.”
There’s actually nothing to be remorseful for. He was doing his job. It is the federal judge who held him in contempt that should be remorseful – to the American people for putting the rights of illegal immigrants above the sanctity of federal law.
Critics of this decision are saying it was politically motivated. Well, the truth is that Arpaio’s prosecution is what was politically motivated. This was always about the Democrats trying to legalize unlawful immigration and punishing any law enforcement officer who took a hard line to protect his constituency. And no one spoke out more forcefully than Sheriff Joe. Far from deserving a stint in prison, he deserves a Presidential Medal of Freedom for using his 24 years as sheriff to make his little piece of America a better place for all (legal) residents.
This pardon was well deserved, and Republicans like Ryan and McCain should be ashamed of themselves for opposing it.