President Donald Trump on Friday granted a presidential pardon to Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona.
Arpaio was convicted of misdemeanor criminal contempt for not obeying a 2011 order from a judge to halt traffic patrols that allegedly targeted illegal immigrants. He faced up to six months in prison.
On MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Joe Scarborough slammed Trump for pardoning the controversial sheriff, who he called a "complete thug."
“The list of horrors this guy has implemented is staggering,” Scarborough said.
New York Times reporter Nick Confessore argued that Arpaio was controversial not only for his strong anti-illegal immigration stance, but also because he allowed a backlog of dozens of cases of child abuse to go dark because they involved illegal immigrants.
Contributor Mike Barnicle noted that Arpaio himself once described his infamous outdoor jail - or "Tent City" - as a "concentration camp."
“And Donald Trump mistakes this for being tough on law and order,” Scarborough said. “This is obvious to Democrats and Republicans alike that this guy is a complete thug. He doesn’t respect the rule of law.”
He acknowledged that Trump had to authority to issue a presidential pardon to Arpaio, but he suggested that it might come back to haunt him.
"If articles of impeachment, years down the road, are ever brought up against this man, these are the sort of things that are going to be attached in abuse of powers," Scarborough said.
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