Capitol Report: A coded message? An admission of guilt? Reactions to Trump’s pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio

President Donald Trump’s decision to pardon former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, convicted of violating a court order to stop detention of undocumented immigrants, generated a firestorm of reaction. Here’s a look at the full spectrum of those comments.

Read: Trump pardons former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio

First, here’s the White House comment in full, issued on Friday night.

Today, President Donald J. Trump granted a Presidential pardon to Joe Arpaio, former Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. Arpaio’s life and career, which began at the age of 18 when he enlisted in the military after the outbreak of the Korean War, exemplify selfless public service.

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