Donald Trump was asked on Monday about his decision to pardon former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and if he stood by it even after receiving criticism from both Democrats and Republicans.
Trump fired back at Fox News host John Roberts by citing applause from one of his rallies as a reason his decision was the right one.
“Well, a lot of people think it was the right thing to do, John, and actually in the middle of a hurricane, even though it was a Friday evening, I assumed the ratings would be far higher than they would be normally. You know the hurricane was just starting and I put it out we were pardoning as we say Sheriff Joe.
“He has done a great job for the people of Arizona. He is very strong on borders, very strong on illegal immigration,” Trump replied. “He is loved in Arizona. I thought he was treated unbelievably unfairly.”
“When I mentioned him the other night, you saw the massive crowd we had, the people went crazy,” the president said. “The place went absolutely crazy when I was in Arizona last week.”
“Sheriff Joe was very unfairly treated by the Obama administration,” Trump added.
Trump later decided to attack former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton for pardoning people who he described as “dangerous criminals.”