President Donald Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio Friday, and the staunch Trump supporter made it clear he doesn’t plan to go away quietly.
Arpaio, the former sheriff in Maricopa County, Arizona, was convicted at the end of July for refusing to obey a federal judge’s order to stop detaining individuals because he suspected they were in the U.S. illegally.
The former sheriff had faced up to six months in prison had Trump not pardoned him — and courted criticism from Republicans like Arizona Sen. John McCain in the process.
In an interview Saturday on Aaron Klein Investigative Radio, Arpaio told listeners “I’m not going away,” hinting he may be gearing up for a more public role, according to Breitbart.
Arpaio was then asked how he will use his stature to help the president’s administration.
“You know what, I told my wife I’m not finished. I’ve got a lot of things in mind. Since I left office, I’ve been very busy. I’ve got my own office setup. I’m not going away. Why would I go away?” Arpaio said.
He added: “I told my wife when I left office after 24 years with the sheriff’s office, 55 years in law enforcement around the world – I dedicated my whole life to fighting crime and defending our country – I said, ‘I’m never going to get involved with politics.’ That’s what I told her. And then I changed my mind when I saw what was going on. Not just with me, but with the president and with the system.”
Apraio was asked to respond to a tweet sent out from McCain following the announcement of Trump’s pardon Friday.
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) August 26, 2017
Arpaio didn’t hesitate in his response to the establishment Republican.
“I’m a little surprised at the senator. He did call me after my (election) loss… I’m really shocked that he took that shot at me … Maybe it’s not just me. He doesn’t like the president, so going after me he figures will make the president look bad. But that’s sad. That’s how politicians are,” Arpaio said.
Despite criticism from Democrats that was bad as any insults they’ve hurled at the president, Arpaio was a strong proponent for securing our borders. The former sheriff has been a staunch supporter of the president and may be used to help defend the need for a border wall.
Establishment foes in Congress contend we don’t need a wall on our southern border, but Arpaio can assure Americans how vital it is for our national security if Republicans like McCain try to block funding for it.
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source: Conservative Tribune