On Friday night, shortly after news broke that President Donald Trump had pardoned former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio from his short sentence for racial profiling, The Internet lit up.
“Dear Hispanic non-voters: this is about xenophobic hatred of primarily *your* families,” MSNBC’s Joy Reid tweeted. “You have the numbers to stop this. Use them. Vote.”
“DT is so incredibly not racist he just pardoned Sherrif Joe Arpaio, who is racist,” producer John Fugelsang wrote.
Harvard Law professor Noah Feldmen claimed Trump committed an impeachable offense in pardoning Arpaio due to the former Maricopa County Sheriff’s holding in criminal contempt for resisting authority. Trump’s pardoning of Arpaio, Feldman argues, would be a refutation of judicial authority.
Check out the enraged responses below.
Racist Governors in 1960's didnt even pardon other racists for crimes versus minorities but Trump just pardoned Sheriff Joe Arpaio
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) August 26, 2017
News outlets need to stop using the word "controversial" in headlines about Arpaio. The words you want are "racist" and "monster."
— andi zeisler (@andizeisler) August 26, 2017
Joe Arpaio is racist and vile.
Donald Trump is racist and vile.
Paul Ryan is racist and vile.
The Republican Party is racist and vile.
— Stop the Speaker (@StopTheSpeaker) August 26, 2017
If it took Arpaio's pardoning for you to believe Trump is a racist White supremacist fascist, then you are part of the problem.
— ☪️ Sha Naqba Īmuru ✡️ (@JShahryar) August 26, 2017
— Gabri'El YaHaWaH (@Menorah_haeretz) August 26, 2017
Trump's pardon of Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio is further proof Trump's out of his fricking mind & supports racist bigots. #ImpeachTrump
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) August 26, 2017
— 𝓛𝓮𝔂𝓵𝓪 𝓜𝓪𝓻𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓮𝔃 🇩🇴 (@LaLey_01) August 26, 2017
Joe Arpaio is a blight on humanity who has spent decades violating constitutional rights. Trump's pardon is a complete disgrace.
— ⎛⎝Cameron Collins⎠⎞ (@legalmindedpunk) August 26, 2017
Pardon of Arpaio is explicit embrace of the racist policing practices that leave communities fearful of very ppl who should protect & serve.
— NAACP (@NAACP) August 26, 2017
Trump pardons racist Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio Friday night in the middle of a life-threatening natural disaster. pic.twitter.com/4MC2T1raRO
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) August 26, 2017
Joe Arpaio is a racist, a bigot, and a criminal. This is a direct attack on the rule of law and our Constitution. https://t.co/ZH7Rs1pAZA
— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) August 26, 2017
Trump just pardoned Arpaio…
We won't see a president pardon a racist again until Pence pardons Trump.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) August 26, 2017
Friday Hate Night: Trump pardons racist Joe Arpaio who illegally targeted Latinos and officially bans transgender troops from the military.
— Jon Cooper 🌊 (@joncoopertweets) August 26, 2017
Reports are clear Arpaio & lawyer knew this was going to happen.
DT waited until Fri during hurricane
— Norberta, Fact Seeker, Secret Society Flying Voter (@Norberta36) August 26, 2017
All of you defending Trump saying he's not a racist after today you have NO CASE and if you still support him NO SHAME! #arpaio
— Fanny Veliz (@fannyveliz) August 26, 2017
— J Giddy (@BoneheadBlog) August 26, 2017
Which should we teach kids is the more “admirable” part: Arpaio’s rampant racist civil rights violations or his contempt of federal court? https://t.co/PZrTZn831V
— Antone Johnson (@antonejohnson) August 26, 2017
The worst part about this pardon is Arpaio wouldn't have seen any jail time or a felony conviction anyways. Purely racist dog whistling
— Jon valJon (@jhilburg) August 26, 2017
— Paco✊🏽🇲🇽🇺🇸 (@Pacos_Ladders) August 26, 2017
Arpaio is a criminal and a racist. Trump is an idiot and a racist. None of this is news. Stay safe, Texas. Stay safe, Houston.
— 𝙽𝚒𝚌𝚑𝚘𝚕𝚊𝚜 𝙰𝚕𝚖𝚊𝚗𝚣𝚊 (@njalmanza) August 26, 2017
Joe Arpaio is a national disgrace. Our so-called president just pardoned a criminal racist xenophobe. Birds of a feather.
— Maria Cardona (@MariaTCardona) August 26, 2017