President Donald Trump has received a lot of criticism over Friday night’s pardon of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, including from some of the top members of his own party.
According to The New York Times, House speaker Paul D. Ryan and Senator John McCain (R-AZ) both spoke out about their opposition to the president’s decision.
Ryan’s spokesman, Doug Andres, released a statement on Saturday on behalf of the House speaker: “The speaker does not agree with this decision. 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.”
Sen. McCain said that Trump’s pardon “undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law, as Mr. Arpaio has shown no remorse for his action.”
Democrats and Trump’s opponents used this opportunity to attack his controversial stance on immigration and racism.
“It sends an unsettling message to immigrants across the country, Jesse Lehrich from Organizing for Action said. “And it’s a repudiation of the rule of law. As a massive hurricane is hurtling toward the southern United States, the White House is focused not on saving lives, but on pardoning a man who committed unlawful acts of racial discrimination.”