JOHNSON: The president gave Joe Arpaio credit for being a military veteran, a law enforcement figure devoted to the people of Arizona.
"The way this president has acted, the things that he's done, in so many areas have nothing to do with the Republican Party that I grew up in". Neither of those things happened in this case.
The people went insane when I said, 'What do you think of Sheriff Joe?' or something to that effect.
Arpaio, by contrast, continues to insist he did nothing wrong.
Sheriff Urquhart tweeted on August 25 expressing disapproval of President Trump's pardon of Arpaio, stating: "Sheriff Joe violated the Constitution".
Sure, other presidents have pardoned campaign donors and various scoundrels usually in the waning days of their administrations.
Arpaio said he told his wife he was out of politics after his defeat in November, but then began to reconsider when he saw the relentless attacks on Trump and the divisions in the country. "Because they know if they get caught, I'm going to deal with it".
Most pardons are granted following a recommendation and rigorous scrutiny from a special office in the Department of Justice.
He pardoned the racist former Sherif Arpaio, causing enormous backlash even among some Republicans and conservative pundits for this blatant contempt for the rule of law, and even later bragged that he did it at this time for "ratings".
"It's correct that he was ultimately convicted of criminal contempt, but he was convicted of that because he refused to follow a judge's order to stop racially profiling our citizens here in Arizona", she says.
Whether the former sheriff's musings translate into an actual candidacy is speculation at best.
U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton scheduled an October 4 hearing for lawyers on both sides to argue over the request to throw out the detailed ruling that explained how Bolton found Arpaio guilty of contempt of court.
Arpaio also told the Examiner that he may sue journalists who have called him racist, and his lawyer is looking into that possibility.
Trump apparently misgendered Manning as male by referencing the "horrible, awful thing that he did", although arguably that pronoun could be a reference to Obama and the terrible thing was the pardon of Manning.
Sadly, he never faced criminal prosecution for all of his actions (the list is long). Arpaio had been convicted of ignoring a federal judge's order that his department could not arrest Latinos exclusively because it suspected them of being in the country illegally. Issuing a pardon for someone who defies that authority "is breaking the basic structure of the legal order". He could simply say, 'Look, I want them to be my advisers, I pardon them if anyone finds them to have behaved against the rules.
One difference between Arpaio and Manning, a transgender woman who served almost seven years in a men's prison before receiving commutation from Obama, is Manning served time in prison.
Arpaio, who served as sheriff from 1993 through 2016, had always been accused of discriminatory practices against Latinos.