I believe there is little doubt that President Trump will at some point pardon Sheriff Joe Arpaio of the unjust conviction he has received in a kangaroo court run by a flaming liberal political hack of a judge. But it won’t happen in Phoenix at Tuesday’s Trump rally, contrary to popular speculation.
President Trump apparently has no plans to pardon “America’s toughest sheriff” Joe Arpaio at his campaign-style rally Tuesday night in Phoenix.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Air Force One that there would be no discussion of a pardon and no action taken on that front at any point on Tuesday.
Trump himself recently told Fox News that he was “seriously considering” a pardon for the former Maricopa County, Ariz., lawman.
“I might do it right away, maybe early this week,” Trump told Fox News on Aug. 13. “I am seriously thinking about it.”
When the president’s campaign announced the Phoenix rally days later, it touched off immediate speculation that the event could be the venue to announce the president’s first pardon.
But the White House made clear that no announcement will be made in Phoenix.
Earlier Tuesday, Arpaio told Fox News he wasn’t sure if he’d even be at the rally.
“I haven’t officially been invited—I’ve been to every single one in the last two years, but I don’t anticipate going down there on my own,” Arpaio told Fox News, adding that he was “not sure” if the president would issue a pardon.
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to comment on whether they plan to extend an invitation to the sheriff.
“I would accept [a pardon], but we’ll see what happens,” Arpaio said, while stressing that his support for Trump and his administration is unwavering. “[I]t doesn’t matter because I’m still going to support him as long as he is the president of the United States because that’s the way I am. I don’t desert for political reasons. I’ll stick with him.”
Arpaio added: “I said he’ll go down in history as one of the best presidents we’ve ever had, and I stick with that prediction regardless.”