Jorge Ramos: Arpaio Pardon Is a Message from Trump That ‘Racism Is Okay’

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Univision anchor Jorge Ramos clashed with Arizona Republican Steve Montenegro this morning over the Joe Arpaio pardon, which Ramos said over and over was a message from President Trump that racism is okay.

Ramos said, “By pardoning Arpaio, President Trump is defending racism.”

Montenegro shot back by saying that this is just part of the effort by the left to brand all Republicans as racists, saying of himself, “I’m a Republican. Does that make me a racist? No. I’m an immigrant myself. Does that make me a racist? No. It’s just that we respect the rule of law.”

Ramos shot back that this isn’t about the rule of law:

“What I’m really concerned [about]… is that with these actions, President Trump is making racism something normal. And by defending someone who has been accused of racist behavior, like Arpaio, he is telling everybody in the United States, you know, it is okay. It is okay. Racism is okay in this country. And I’m really disturbed and concerned about that. Because if President Trump is doing that… then what’s the message for the rest of the people who voted for Donald Trump?”

Watch above, via CNN.

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