President Trump is no stranger to controversy. In fact, many of his decisions often incite backlash and lack of support from a variety of Americans. However, he still has a strong support group, who continue to support the president no matter what he decides.

The same is true for one of the president’s most recent decisions. On Friday night, the White House made an announcement that President Trump has given a pardon to Joe Arpaio.

You may remember that Arpaio is the former sheriff of Maricopa County, AZ. He, too, has controversy swirling around him, since Arpaio has previously faced conviction in a Justice Department investigation for racially profiling Latinos.

According to The Hill:

“Throughout his time as Sheriff, Arpaio continued his life’s work of protecting the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration,” the White House said in a statement stressing Arpaio’s public service.

“Sheriff Joe Arpaio is now eighty-five years old, and after more than fifty years of admirable service to our Nation, he is a worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon,” the statement added.

Trump later shared the news on Twitter, writing of Arpaio, “He kept Arizona safe!”

“We’re very excited. This is the culmination of a lot of hard work,” Jack Wilenchik, an attorney for Arpaio, told CNN by phone. “We’re very proud to see the president has done the right thing.”

Wilenchik said he was contacted by White House counsel on Friday afternoon saying that Trump had signed the pardon paperwork. The attorney indicated that Arpaio’s legal team would now move to ask for the case against Arpaio to be dismissed.

“Frankly, this saves everybody a lot of trouble,” he said.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had said earlier this week that Trump would make an announcement on Arpaio at an “appropriate time.”

The announcement was released Friday evening as most media attention focused on a Category 4 hurricane barreling toward the Gulf Coast, impacting Texas and Louisiana.

Trump had hinted at a rally in Phoenix on Tuesday that he was preparing to pardon the controversial former sheriff, an early supporter of the president’s.

Arpaio had been found guilty in a Justice Department investigation of racially profiling Latinos. He was convicted July 31 of criminal contempt for disobeying a federal judge’s order on detaining individuals suspected of being in the U.S. illegally.

Democrats and civil rights groups blasted Trump’s decision to pardon Arpaio on Friday, arguing that while Trump was within his rights to pardon the former sheriff the move was unjustified.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) ripped Trump’s pardon of a “fellow birther,” tweeting that the move “makes a mockery of rule of law, & says communities of color can be targeted & abused w/ total impunity.”

The NAACP called Arpaio “a remorseless criminal who took the law into his own hands and enacted racist policing policies,” while the American Civil Liberties Union called Trump’s pardon a “presidential endorsement of racism.”

“On the same night that President Trump has directed the military to implement his ban on transgender people, his decision to pardon Arpaio is yet another insult to marginalized voices across our nation,” interim NAACP president and CEO Derrick Johnson said in a statement.

“In the wake of the riot in Charlottesville started by domestic terrorists, neo-Nazis and white supremacists, Trump has once again shown us his true colors and his support for racism and violence. By pardoning Arpaio, Trump has endorsed Arpaio’s abhorrent behavior and has opened the gates for other bigots to follow in his footsteps.”

Although Trump is receiving backlash for his decision to pardon Arpaio, he is also receiving the cold shoulder from many Americans for making the announcement during Tropical Storm Harvey.

Democrats gave warning to Trump before his announcement, stating that pardoning Arpaio would flare up racial tensions  – especially due to the nation’s recovering of the incidences in Charlottesville, VA.

However, many Republicans have been in favor of Trump’s pardon, including Republicans Andy Biggs and Trent Franks. Bigg’s made a statement that Arpaio’s recent conviction was an attempt by the Obama administration to destroy a “formidable opponent.”

Meanwhile, Trump continues to defend Arpaio, insisting that the 85-year-old American patriot was keeping Arizona safe.