Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio spoke to ABC15 of Phoenix about getting a pardon from President Trump on Friday.
Arpaio thanks the president and says he is surprised that Sen. John McCain, from his home state of Arizona, had criticized the president's decision:
“No one is above the law," McCain said in a statement about the pardon. "Mr. Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt for continuing to illegally profile Latinos living in Arizona based on their perceived immigration status in violation of a judge’s orders. The President has the authority to make this pardon, but doing so at this time undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law as Mr. Arpaio has shown no remorse for his actions."
"I'm really shocked about him taking a shot at me," Arpaio said. "And once again, I don't think it is me. He is just trying to get to the President of the United States. It is sad, him using me like that."
"No matter what the president does, he criticizes it, so why not criticize him on this?" the Sheriff added.
See more details from this PBS report:
PBS NewsHour: President Donald Trump’s pardon of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who aggressively pursued undocumented immigrants, exacerbated an increasingly tenuous relationship with national Republicans. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Jeff Greenfield joins Hari Sreenivasan from Santa Barbara, Calif. on what the latest rift means for the party and country.