After Trump’s Pardon, Arpaio Will Be “Very Active” Politically—May Run for Office

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Even after receiving Donald Trump’s letter pardoning him of criminal contempt of court for ignoring a federal judge’s order to stop detaining people based on their perceived immigration status, former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio was defiant over his policy of racially profiling Latinos he thought might possibly be undocumented immigrants: “My guys did nothing wrong, and I didn’t do anything wrong.”

Shortly after receiving the pardon from Trump, Arpaio indicated he might return to politics. He told the Associated Press he wouldn’t rule out running for office again—that he would be “very active” politically, even at age 85. And he told the Arizona Republic,

I told my wife I don’t want nothing [sic] to do with politics, but now I’ve got to rethink that. I think I’ve got a big political message to get out.

The sheriff’s critics have maintained that the police practices Arpaio sanctioned were racially motivated and illegal. Arpaio has refused to admit any wrongdoing, insisting even after the pardon that his conviction had been the result of “a political witch hunt” by the Obama administration.

Arpaio was fond of billing himself as “America’s toughest sheriff” and boasted of forcing his inmates to wear pink underwear and sleep outdoors in “Tent City Jail,” even in triple-digit temperatures.

Last year, Arpaio spoke at the Republican National Convention, and said Trump would “get tough” on immigration “in order to protect Americans,” just as Arpaio was going. Trump, in turn, used Arpaio’s endorsement to declare he was the candidate who was “king of the border.”

Commentators from all quarters were outraged by the pardon, but perhaps none was as severe as this series of tweets from Walter M. Shaub Jr., the former director of the independent Office of Government Ethics who resigned from his position in July after repeatedly clashing with the White House:

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