On Sunday, Tom Bossert, the Homeland Security Adviser at the White House, came out and defended Trump’s decision to pardon Joe Arpaio. The former sheriff of Arizona supported Trump throughout the campaign and President Trump calls him ‘a friend.’ The pardon, however, is highly controversial.
Bossert said that it was clearly a case of clemency. As such, he defended Trump’s decision by saying the President was merciful with an aging man who had a rich history of serving in the military.
A Controversial Decision
Trump has received some pretty harsh criticism over this pardon. Even Senator John McCain criticized Trump, saying that the pardon shows how Trump disrespects the rule of law.
Bossert appeared on This Week with George Stephanopoulos on ABC News and declared that almost every modern president had some controversial pardons. Moreover, he added that he believes it is unfair to criticize Trump and say he doesn’t care about the rule of law. What’s more, he said that it’s not something that will threaten the U.S. constitutional order.
Bossert, not Familiar with Racial Profiling Case
As it seems, Bossert was not aware of the details of the racial profiling case that triggered Trump’s pardon. Briefly put, Arpaio chose not to comply with a judicial order asking him to stop detaining people based on suspicion they had an undocumented status. According to several critics, this practice falls under the category of racial profiling.
When announcing the pardon, Trump did not address the charges at all. Instead, he said that Arpaio had been prosecuted simply for doing his job.