'This guy is a complete thug': Morning Joe rips Trump's pardon of Sheriff Joe as an impeachable offense
Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough (MSNBC)

President Donald Trump's pardon of "thug" former sheriff Joe Arpaio could be considered an impeachable offense, according to MSNBC's Joe Scarborough.


The "Morning Joe" host said the president had undermined the rule of law by pardoning Arpaio's conviction for disobeying court orders related to his racist immigration crackdown.

"The Arizona law enforcement community hates Arpaio, because he gives them all a bad name because he's been a complete thug and has punished people basically amounting, doing some things amounting to torture," Scarborough said.

Scarborough and his guests discussed Arpaio's "absolutely shocking" record as sheriff, such as ignoring child abuse cases because they involved the children of immigrants and "concentration camp" conditions at his detention centers.

"Donald Trump mistakes this for being tough on law and order," Scarborough said. "Again, even the law enforcement officers in Arizona have shunned this guy. The Bush administration started the investigation. This is obvious to Republicans and Democrats alike that this guy is a complete thug."

Shortly after pardoning Arpaio, the president signaled his support for another controversial lawman -- Sheriff David Clarke Jr. -- whose office was under investigation for the deaths of inmates house at the jail he runs.

"He doesn't respect the rule of law," Scarborough said. "Why did he do this? Who knows? Maybe it's throwing more red meat out there, but it's not something that even Republicans support. This is -- did he have the authority to do this? Yes, he had the authority to do this, but if articles of impeachment years down the road are ever brought up against this man, these are the sort of things that are going to be attached in abuse of power."