During a news conference held with the President of Finland, President Trump answered a question regarding his pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio and defended his actions.
John Roberts asked, “In the middle of Hurricane Harvey hitting on Friday night, you chose to pardon former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. I wonder if you could tell us what was behind your thinking for issuing a pardon for the sheriff and as well, what do you say to your critics, even some in your own party, who say it was the wrong thing to do?”
Trump responds off the cuff at first, but he had some notes he prepared for the very likely question. After first noting that Arpaio, who was very strong on illegal immigration and border security, was treated very badly by the Obama regime.
Trump said, “I thought he was treated unbelievably unfairly when they came down with their big decision to go get him right before the election voting started, as you know. And he lost in a fairly close election, he would have won the election but they just hammered him just before the election. I thought that was a very, very unfair thing to do.”
Referring to his prepared notes, President Trump said, “I wanted to look at some of the other people that were pardoned over the years. And if you look at, as an example, President Clinton pardoned Marc Rich, who was charged with crimes going back decades, including illegally buying oil from Iran while it held 53 American hostages.”
Trump points out that Rich “was pardoned after his wife donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Clintons.” He goes on to point to other dangerous criminals released by Clinton, Susan Rosenberg of the Weather Underground, part of a bank robbery that led to a guard and two police officers being killed. Drug dealers filled out the list for Clinton.
Then he mentioned the Bradley Manning commutation by Hussein Obama, one that was undoubtedly made because of his sexual identity confusion as a statement and a slap down to the right. Just like Hillary Clinton, Manning was responsible for countless sensitive and classified documents being exposed.
He also addressed the Obama release of Oscar Lopez Rivera, of the Puerto Rican terrorist group FALN, who was implicated “in 28 Chicago area bombings and many deaths.”
In drawing a contrast, President Trump said, “Sheriff Joe is a patriot. Sheriff Joe loves our country. Sheriff Joe protected our borders and Sheriff Joe was very unfairly treated by the Obama administration, especially right before an election, an election that he would have won.”
Trump said he stands by the pardon and believes that the people of Arizona, who know Arpaio best, would agree with him.
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