Sheriff Arpaio on Possible Trump Pardon: ‘Makes Me Feel Good’ to Know POTUS Backs Me

Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he’ll gladly accept a presidential pardon from Donald Trump in light of his recent legal troubles.

Arpaio was recently convicted of criminal contempt of court for violating orders to stop targeting Latinos during traffic patrols. Speaking with NPR, Arpaio said he was happy to see the recent indicators that the president will grant him clemency.

“It makes me feel good that at least someone is backing me up,” said Arpaio. “And how much better can you get than president of the United States?”

In the past few days, Trump dropped multiple hints that he will pardon Arpaio for his offenses. Trump referred to Arpaio as “a great American patriot, and I hate to see what has happened to him.”

“As far as the situation on a pardon, I didn’t ask for it but I will accept it if he does do it,” said Arpaio. “This president understands what I’ve been going through. There aren’t many politicians around believe me. I learned that real quick over this situation. You don’t see anybody next to me and I’ve endorsed so many people.”

Trump is expected to hold a rally in Arizona in the coming days, and if the president decides to pardon Arpaio, there’s a possibility that it will factor into the spectacle of the evening.

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