Congressman Keith Ellison

Representing the 5th District of Minnesota

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Rep. Ellison Statement on Pardon of Joe Arpaio

Aug 26, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) released the following statement after President Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio:

“Trump's pardon of Joe Arpaio proves what the world already knows: that the President thinks criminal law-breaking is okay, as long as it only harms certain people. 
 
“Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was one of our country’s most notorious racists who racially profiled Latinos and tortured and humiliated inmates. He was lawfully convicted for refusing to comply with a court order to stop violating people’s constitutional rights.  

“Pardons are used when those convicted of crimes show a willingness to reform and become better citizens. Joe Arpaio has not done either. He has not apologized, shown remorse for his crimes or a willingness to repair the damage he’s done to his community. 

“Yet, Donald Trump believes that a man who used race as a way to abuse and oppress people is an ‘American patriot’. 

“This pardon comes just hours after it was reported that the Trump Administration may end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and signed a directive to ban transgender military recruits - all while a Category 4 Hurricane was making landfall in Texas and putting millions of lives at risk. 

“And let’s not forget, just two weeks ago, Trump said that some white supremacists and neo-Nazis were 'fine people'. 

“It's clear. President Trump is giving cover to white supremacy.”