John McCain has positioned himself as a bigger opponent of Donald Trump’s agenda than any Democrat.
He betrayed the President and GOP voters when he provided the decisive vote to kill the effort to repeal Obamacare.
Now he’s blasting Trump for his latest decision and conservatives are furious.
Trump pardoned Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
The Obama administration brought criminal charges against Arpaio in 2016 after they sued him in 2012 for allegedly racially profiling Hispanics.
Conservatives argued it was a political prosecution and cited the fact that the case was brought while Arpaio was running for re-election as evidence.
Arpaio lost that race – in part because of the trial – and was later convicted.
Trump had been telegraphing that he would pardon Arpaio – who strongly endorsed Trump during the campaign – for days.
When the pardon was handed down, the establishment was furious.
John McCain infuriated conservatives again when he blasted the President’s decision in a statement he released on his website.
“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.”
This was a stunning act of betrayal.
Democrats were sure to denounce the Arpaio pardon because of his strong stand against illegal immigration.
But establishment Republicans raced to be the first ones to denounce Trump’s move.
In addition to McCain, fellow Arizona Senator Jeff Flake – whose opposition to Trump has badly damaged his chance of surviving a pro-Trump primary challenger – also criticized the decision.
Regarding the Arpaio pardon, I would have preferred that the President honor the judicial process and let it take its course.
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) August 26, 2017
Flake and McCain are two of the leading supporters of amnesty and open borders.
So it was not surprising that they disagreed with the Arpaio pardon.
But publically rebuking Trump for exercising his constitutional powers and joining a media pile-on struck conservative critics as unseemly.
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