The American Jewish Committee on Saturday slammed US President Donald Trump’s decision to pardon controversial former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio as “shameful.”
In his first act of presidential clemency, Trump pardoned the deeply divisive 85-year-old who ignored a federal court order that he stop detaining illegal migrants. He was convicted last month of criminal contempt for illegally targeting Hispanic immigrants.
“President Trump’s pardon of Sheriff Arpaio is shameful,” said AJC chief David Harris. “It undermines our judicial system and, ignoring the rule of law, endorses the egregious maltreatment and racial profiling of individuals in our country. Public humiliation of detainees was an Arpaio specialty.”
Trump justified his actions, tweeting: “He kept Arizona safe!” and calling Arpaio a “patriot.”
Statement: AJC Deplores Shameful Pardon of Sheriff Arpaio pic.twitter.com/iVeR0i46kK
— AJC (@AJCGlobal) August 26, 2017
The move also earned immediate scorn from Democrats,