Republican Senator John McCain criticized Donald Trump’s decision to pardon Joe Arpaio, the most racist Sheriff in America, saying that Arpaio “illegally profiled Latinos” and “has shown no remorse for his actions.”
McCain said in a statement:
“No one is above the law and the individuals entrusted with the privilege of being sworn law officers should always seek to be beyond reproach in their commitment to fairly enforcing the laws they swore to uphold. Mr. Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt for continuing to illegally profile Latinos living in Arizona based on their perceived immigration status in violation of a judge’s orders. The President has the authority to make this pardon, but doing so at this time undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law as Mr. Arpaio has shown no remorse for his actions.”
McCain later reiterated his statement in a tweet:
“@POTUS’s pardon of Joe Arpaio, who illegally profiled Latinos, undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law ”
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) August 26, 2017
McCain also spoke out against Trump’s decision to officially ban transgender people from entering the military.
“It would be a step in the wrong direction to force currently serving transgender individuals to leave the military solely on the basis of their gender identity rather than medical and readiness standards that should always be at the heart of Department of Defense personnel policy,” the former GOP nominee said in a statement.